Green Hotel

Through conservation programs and employee training our environmentally friendly actions are making a difference!

Sustainable practices are becoming more and more common in our homes. We recycle, compost and are continuously looking for ways to conserve the water and energy we use daily. Traveling, whether for leisure or business, does not mean you have to leave these practices at home. Our resort is an extension of your home, it is easy to make a positive impact no matter where you are.

Here are just a few things you can do that will help make a difference

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    If you are in the room during the day, open to the curtains to take advantage of natural light instead of turning on multiple light sources.

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    Air Conditioning & Heating

    Make sure the windows/balcony doors are closed if the air/heating system is on. Or alternatively, shut off the air or heat if you prefer to have the windows open.

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    Towel & Linen Reuse Programs

    We are pleased to offer a program that allows you, our guests to choose when to have your towels and linens laundered. By taking advantage of this program you help reduce the number of loads of laundry we generate daily which contributes to both water and energy savings

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    Water Conservation

    When brushing your teeth or washing/shaving your face shut the tap off or fill the sink to avoid leaving the water running. Keeping your showers short not only saves water but also saves energy (used to heat the water). A 10-minute shower can use up to 20 gallons/75 litres of water.

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    Sheet Reuse

    Place the conservation card on your bed to indicate that you would like fresh linens. If the card is not present, housekeeping staff will then simply remake the bed

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    Recycling bins are available in our guest rooms and meeting rooms. Make full use of it by placing items such as newspapers, paper, plastics, cans and glass in it rather than in the garbage bin.

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    Towel Reuse

    To indicate you would like to reuse your towels simply hang them on the towel rack. Should fresh towels be required, We are ask to place used towels in the bathtub.

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    Rules of Thumb

    Make sure you turn off all lights and electronics when you leave the room. Turn the air conditioning/heating down or off and close the windows. During the hot summer months, close the drapes during the day to help keep the room cool. Make sure you have taken advantage of the linen/towel reuse program. Check that sink and tub faucets are tightly shut off to avoid water loss from dripping taps.

Watermark Beach Resort is a 3 Green Key Rated hotel with the Hotel Association of Canada.

This means: A hotel that has shown national industry leadership and commitment to protecting the environment through wide
ranging policies and practices. Hotel has mature programs in place that involve management, employees, guests,
and the public, and which have shown substantial and measurable results.

Green Policy

Watermark Beach Resort is committed to a Green Program that reduces our impact on the environment and protects the planet for future generations. Our Green Program is founded upon three principles: Leadership, Neutrality, and Progression.

Watermark Beach Resort is a member of the ecobase Certified program. This ecobase Certified is a 3rd party program that hold Watermark Beach Resort accountable as we measure and reduce our carbon footprint. Instead of buying carbon offsets, we are actively working to cut down our use of energy, fuel, waste and water by investing in more efficient technologies and tracking our reductions. In support of this, we have added a $2+gst fee to each guest room night. Our eco funds will help our Resort be as sustainable as we can possible be before we become carbon neutral.

Leadership is the role we play for our internal and external guests as well as our business partners. For our team, we provide the training, tools, education and knowledge needed to complete their jobs with a focus on the environment. We also profile and support our community organisations that contribute to education, conservation and climate action as well as experiences in our environment for sustainable lasting understanding. For our external guests, we will educate them about our sustainability practices and provide them with options to contribute to our environmental policies. We choose our business partners based on similar environmental standards and ethics outlined in our policy.

Neutrality is our commitment to reduce our waste and pollution as well as our consumption of water and energy. This is achieved through the resorts many environmental initiatives. We actively seek every opportunity to reduce waste. While each idea may seem small on its own, the total impact can make a large difference.

Progression is our commitment to continually improve. With everything we are currently working on, we know that there are always other ways to reduce our carbon footprint. With this in mind, we are constantly seeking new ideas and new ways to become more eco-friendly. We also actively support organisations and our community initiatives to educate and take action for our water system, our land, air, light and our overall impact on the environment in which we live.

Current Initiatives

As part of our commitment to the environment, we at Watermark have undertaken several projects and initiatives. These include:

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    Recycling Program

    At Watermark, we endeavor to recycle as much of our waste as possible. Each of our guest rooms is equipped with a separate recycling bin. All recyclables are separated in our waste disposal room. We have semi-weekly pickup of all items with a deposit and all proceeds are donated to the Canadian Special Olympics team.

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    Food & Beverage Program

    The Restaurant at Watermark plays a large role in our environmental commitment. We design our menu with sustainability in mind. Whenever possible, we use local, organic fruits and vegetables, meats and seafood from our community partners. All of the seafood served is certified OceanWise. We also employ “whole beast” ordering to ensure that nothing goes to waste.

    The Restaurant at Watermark has implemented a composting plan in conjunction with our local partners. In an effort to reduce waste, we have installed composting bins on site. Any excess is also given to our partners who use it to maintain their soils.

    Our herb garden, located next to our restaurant patio, is a guest favorite and a beautiful supply of herbs for the meals and cocktails served in The Restaurant. A rain barrel was recently added as well to provide water for the garden.

    The commitment to buying local provides our team and our guests the opportunity to taste and support local entrepreneurs who are distillers, wineries, brewers, and artisan beverages. This commitment ensures we are reducing the transportation miles for our purchased products as well as supporting a strong local economy and our community.

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    Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

    Watermark Beach Resort is a leader in the electric vehicle initiative. We are working to ensure our partners are engaged in developing the electric vehicle highway Via 97 as well as the Sun Country Highway initiative. We currently have charging stations linking the South Okanagan to Weed, CA and the Lower Mainland in a circular route.

    Watermark provides three electric vehicle charging stations free of charge. They are located in our secure underground parking garage. Our team is working closely with the vehicle manufacturing companies to promote touring with Electric Vehicles.

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    And Beyond...

    Our efforts do not stop there. We have switched to eco-friendly cleaning products in our housekeeping department wherever possible. Our used room products are donated, with used amenities going to the local Women’s Shelter and sheets to the Veterinarian. Our recycling program is provided to support the South Okanagan Special Olympics. Our salt water pool is not only easier on your skin, but also on our carbon footprint!

Our work on green initiatives has been recognized by The Nature Trust of British Columbia.
Click here to read their letter of support.

B.C.’s tourism industry is making the world a better place.
Click here to read how | National Observer.