Laurel Point Makes Grade

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VICTORIA — The Inn at Laurel Point has announced a partnership that makes it the only B.C. hotel to offer carbon-neutral facilities to its guests.

Offsetters, Canada’s leading carbon management provider, and Inn at Laurel Point have entered an agreement that offsets the hotel’s greenhouse gas emissions.

“We are proud to be the only carbon neutral hotel in British Columbia, and one of a handful in Canada,” says the Inn’s general manager, Ian Powell. “In addition to our Four Green Key Eco-Rating, we are demonstrating our commitment and core beliefs.”

After months of research, Inn at Laurel Point selected Offsetters, which has a proven track record of developing carbon offset projects using the highest quality standards and focusing on permanent reductions from energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

With this initiative, Inn at Laurel Point and Offsetters have addressed the resort’s carbon footprint. Offsetters will validate these numbers in March and move forward with the next phase of the hotel’s greenhouse gas emissions strategy.

“Victoria, B.C. is becoming increasingly known as a destination for the eco-conscious traveller,” says Powell. “Buying offsets for transportation is becoming common, and B.C.’s hotels are sure to follow suit. We are happy to provide leadership to other hotels.”

Carbon offsetting is the latest plank in the hotel’s environmental, economic and social responsibility platform. Other features already in play are: paperless check-in and eco-friendly room keys; Ocean Wise, organic menu in Aura Restaurant + Waterfront Patio; organic herb and vegetable gardens for Aura; and waste reduction.


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