Fairmont finds it’s easy being green

Hotel chain has expanded homegrown environmental program to 40 locations
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/27/2007

While the health of the world’s ecosystem is a topic de jour, it’s been a priority at Fairmont Hotels and Resorts since 1990. With the debut of its Green Partnership — “a commitment to environmental stewardship, designed to minimize operational impacts on the environment” — the Toronto-based company initiated a chain-wide environmental program. Since then, the program has expanded to 40 locations around the world, garnered several international awards and been an inspiration for others in the hospitality industry and beyond.

The move to greener pastures was prompted by the company’s locations (then known as Canadian Pacific Hotels) in sensitive environments, such as national parks, biosphere reserves and coastal zones or wetlands.

“We realized we had to mitigate our operational impacts on the environment, because if you take care of the environment, you take care of the very resource that brings your guests to explore in the first place,” said Michelle White, director of environmental affairs at Fairmont.