The Green Bush Hotel Environmental Management <ul><li>The Bush Hotel is the first Hotel in Ireland to apply for the EU Eco-label Award Scheme for Tourist Accommodation Service which is an international standard recognising exceptionally high environmental performance and management </li></ul><ul><li>A short presentation for guests on our environmental management program now follows. </li></ul>
The Green Bush Hotel Welcome to the historic Bush Hotel which is one of the oldest in Ireland. The Hotel started its life as an Inn and Resting Post for tired travellers and their weary horses on the old Bianconi Stage Coach route between Dublin and the Northwest.
The Green Bush Hotel <ul><li>In the early 1900’s the Hotel backed onto 4 acres of pasture and gardens with stables (and bedding for guests’ Horses) and was largely self sufficient in fruit and vegetables, poultry, beef, lamb, pork and bacon. </li></ul>Bush Hotel Lands c. 1917
The Green Bush Hotel <ul><li>Surplus meat from the Hotel’s farm was sold in the Hotels own butcher shop (McDermott’s) which is now the Coffee Shop. </li></ul>1905
The Green Bush Hotel …… .1912 Guest bedrooms were dimly lit by gas lamps (the original gas pipe lines still exist). Heat and hot water came from local fire wood and low grade coal from the adjacent Arigna Mountains (15km from the Hotel). Each bedroom had its own fireplace (such as the beautiful fireplace from Room One now restored in the visitors lounge). Guest bathrooms were shared (c 2. per corridor) and a hot bath was pre booked and filled by the night porter but at an additional cost 2 (old) pence in 1918! In modern terms the Hotel was quite simply self sufficient and environmentally self sustaining with a very low carbon footprint indeed. Needless to say the Innkeepers of the time were unlikely aware of their excellence in environmental sustainability!
The Green Bush Hotel Today the strong tradition of inn keeping and guest comfort continues but so also does our environmental responsibility which is one of the core values we also share from the past and this we regard with no less importance than any of our other business activities 2009
The Green Bush Hotel <ul><li>This presentation communicates the significance we attach to environmental care at our Hotel and outlines some of the environmental policies and procedures we operate. </li></ul><ul><li>Should you wish to know more of our environmental management please contact reception . </li></ul>
The Green Bush Hotel <ul><li>The principal areas of environmental concern at the Bush Hotel are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Waste </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental awareness. </li></ul></ul>
The Green Bush Hotel WASTE We minimize incoming waste potential though our purchasing policy and supplier relationships using local produce with as little waste packaging as possible. Guests will notice we have eliminated individually packaged toiletries in bedrooms. We do not use foiled minipads of butter or individually portioned cereals, preservatives, sauces, sugars etc. We recover 82% of our cooking oil for recycling. We meticulously hand sort all our recyclables for collection by specialist contractors and ensure that only the bare minimum waste goes to landfill. We now reuse or recycle 100% of all glass We continuously monitor and measure our output and performance.
The Green Bush Hotel We source fresh locally produced foods under the Bord Bia Quality Assurance Scheme with full traceability from farm to fork Michael Gannon & Sons (poultry) are located at Tullyeague, Carrick on Shannon which is located approx 3 km from the Bush Hotel. More Choice Ltd (pork & bacon) are located at Curclare, Carrick on Shannon approximately 6 km from the Bush Hotel.
Recycling Building Materials Bush Court (adjacent to Bush Hotel) : these buildings have been constructed largely using recycled building materials: Roof… Windows…. Floors…… Fascia/Soffet….. Guttering…. Floors….. Lighting…etc
The Green Bush Hotel <ul><li>Electricity, gas (LPG) and oil are the energy sources at the Bush Hotel. </li></ul><ul><li>We use renewable energy sources in so far as possible and we continuously strive to reduce consumption. </li></ul><ul><li>We monitor all consumption on a regular basis. </li></ul><ul><li>All our boilers operate in excess of 90% efficiency. </li></ul><ul><li>We also have very specific energy plans and policies in all departments. </li></ul><ul><li>At present 892 (76 % ) of the 1322 bulbs at the Bush Hotel are (Class A) low energy. </li></ul>
The Green Bush Hotel We also operate a ‘ facilities management’ initiative whereby every piece of plant, plumbing and machinery at the Hotel is regularly inspected, assessed and documented to ensure optimum efficiency at all times
The Green Bush Hotel ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS We promote environmental awareness to our employees with mandatory training, environmental committees, staff incentives, in house signage and employee environmental notice boards etc. Many employees bring their household refuse to the Hotel for recycling. With our suppliers we have an agreed environmental code of practice relating to timing, frequency of deliveries, packaging used etc. Many of our suppliers take back their packaging from the Bush hotel. We refuse to accept pallets, bubble wrap, shrink wrap, polystyrene etc.
The Green Bush Hotel <ul><li>ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS </li></ul>Likewise with our guests we promote our environmental management through our marketing activities (advertising, brochures, web sites etc), signage, guest environmental presentations (such as this one) and guest environmental notice boards located in the visitors lounge and business centre. We offer guests information on bicycle hire and public transport options, the availability of healthy, local and organic food products available though Hotel and on the local biodiversity of our area.
The Green Bush Hotel <ul><li>‘ Social Responsibility’ </li></ul><ul><li>Hotel management are hugely respectful and appreciative of our community. Being a larger business within the community the Hotel adopts a social responsibility and particularly supports disadvantage groups & organisations but also youth, sport, arts and education as well as welfare and pride of place. </li></ul>
The Green Bush Hotel Vodaphone Award ‘Passion for the World Around Us’ presented to the Bush Hotel, November 2007
The Green Bush Hotel <ul><li>… ..….finally! </li></ul><ul><li>Our ultimate goal is to establish and differentiate the Bush Hotel as an organisation with exceptionally good environmental practices ensuring we minimise the harmful and maximise the beneficial effects of our activities on the environment thus protecting and enhancing it for future generations . </li></ul><ul><li>We invite you to support our environmental management and thank you for taking the time to share with us the Greening of the Bush Hotel! </li></ul>