Today is 40 years since Earth Day was first celebrated and it seems like Mother Earth has never been faced with a crisis so severe. In the recent past natural catastrophes have been occurring on a weekly basis causing death and destruction to thousands. Climate change can be considered as the greatest challenge of our time; which also means that we have huge opportunities to turn the process around by advancing climate policy, energy efficiency, renewable energy and green jobs. This is the perfect opportunity for the community of the world to make a personal commitment to join together and create a global green economy.
At Aitken Spence Hotels we are all committed to safeguard and preserve air and water quality and reduce demands on Mother Earth, this philosophy is not practiced only on one day of the year but it is instilled in our blood and runs through our veins. Aitken Spence Hotels and Heritance Hotels in Sri Lanka have achieved a remarkable feat by having all nine hotels in Sri Lanka attain the prestigious Green Globe Benchmarked status under the globally recognized Green Globe Benchmarking programme. Green Globe is the international benchmarking and certification programme for the travel industry based on the agenda 21 principles for sustainable development endorsed by 182 Heads of State at the United Nations Rio De Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992. The aim of the programme is to assist international organizations to attain sustainability by providing a certification system that responds directly to the major environmental problems facing the planet, including climate change, waste reduction and non-renewable resource management.
“Receiving this accolade shows our strengthened commitment towards the individual environments in which we operate in and our responsiveness towards the crisis faced with regards to the depletion of natural resources” stated Mr.Ravi De Silva, Aitken Spence Hotels Environmental Consultant. Individual hotels have demonstrated through a variety of initiatives, the hotel and its employees can make a difference by reducing their environmental impact.
For travelers, choosing a green globe benchmarked hotel provides some confidence that they have chosen a tourism operator that honors their commitment to sustainability. Aitken Spence Hotels are committed to minimizing their carbon footprint and are enthusiastic to welcome guests who are as eager to contribute towards this noble cause.
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