Becoming a Green Hotel...
We are very excited to have helped to make some big progress into becoming a “green business”.
By this, we’re not saying that we hug trees and avoid putting the heating on; it simply means we have been buying from local suppliers, keeping to seasonal foods, providing low energy light fixtures in our refurbished rooms and using low energy bulbs throughout the rest of the hotel.
We also replaced our out-dated boilers with energy-efficient alternatives and we use only recycled paper products, recycling whatever we can along the way.
This sounds like a lot, but there are so many more green practices that we have taken on and adopted. Pay us a visit and see!
We have found that we can make even more of a difference by adopting some very simple practices. We have been working with CBEN, (The Cumbria Business Environment Network) who have supported us in achieving the first environmental award for the hotel & restaurant. We were given the award in March 2009 and by 2011, we had qualified for the Gold award!
We then got to work on the Environmental Statement and Responsible Visitor Charter, which explained what steps we had taken to transform into a greener business. It also described how our guests could help too.
We joined the Green Business Scheme in 2008. The scheme is a little like the AA for the green world. If a business wants to develop an environmentally friendly set of ethics can attend a meeting, sign up and be assessed.
In December 2009, we were given a grading visit and were awarded a Silver from the GTBS.
We kindly ask all of our guests/customers to please make a donation during their stay with us. Your donation will help to support our projects. You will be asked if you would like to donate £2 upon billing. Your money will be put directly towards helping to look after our footpaths and for every £1 donated, Nurture Lakeland will receive a further £2 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support the Fix the Fells and Protection of Red Squirrels projects.
To date, we have raised almost £4,000!