In Seattle, it isn’t important that businesses and people think and be green (environmentally speaking), it’s nearly a mandate. The fact is, the city of Seattle’s substantial efforts at sustainability are evident everywhere. So, when Cedarbrook Lodge proudly outlines its sustainable efforts, it understands it is part of something way bigger. Environmental conservation is an essential element of Cedarbrook’s mission and vision. The hotel embraces green practices across all departments, acknowledging that green initiatives are not only environmentally responsible, but economically beneficial too.
Kermit the Frog was oh so wrong when he sang, “It ain’t easy being green!” It can be when an organization chooses to be. And management and staff at Cedarbrook Lodge continue to work toward decreasing its hotel global footprint by implementing the following environmentally sustainable features, products and practices (by hotel division):
The Food & Beverage team leads the way in the administration of Cedarbrook Lodge’s sustainable initiatives. The commitment to sustainability and diminishing its carbon footprint is evident on many fronts. You can literally count the ways!
Engineering Departments are critical components of successful hotel sustainable practices. That is certainly true at Cedarbrook Lodge. Its Engineering team successfully replaced existing light bulbs throughout the property with compact fluorescents. It is presently investigating a system whereby the hotel grounds’ water sprinkler system will be controlled by satellite. In fact, energy efficient lighting has become a standard throughout the property as has high-efficiency plumbing.
And as for the wetland restoration program – it is an ongoing work in progress.
Sales & Marketing’s salute to sustainability comes through its use of paperless, online promotional sales tools such as eMeetings & Events Guide and Weddings eBrochure. Once paper-trail staples, no more!
Cedarbrook Lodge is in the process of becoming a Green Key Member… a designation awarded by The Green Key Eco-Rating Program. It is based on a graduated rating system intended to recognize hotels, motels and resorts committed to improving their environmental and fiscal performance. The Green Key Eco-Rating Program online audit encompasses:
and relates to these areas of sustainable hotel operations:
Cedarbrook Lodge eagerly awaits the outcome of its audit. Additionally, the Cedarbrook leadership team is working on achieving its Energy Star rating as a precursor to seeking LEED Certification.