Hotel Verde (Supplied)
Cape Town - Africa’s Greenest Hotel is making its mark in the international realm, setting an example of how green hospitality can and should be achieved.
Hotel Verde, situated at Cape Town International Airport, has been voted the global winner in the Urban Accommodation category during the 15th annual Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards, held in Monaco.
According to Skål International president, Nigel Pilkington, ”Hotel Verde in Cape Town, South Africa, serves as a good example to other hotels in the world, providing a role model for a higher ecological hotel management."
The hotel "is outstanding in their efforts and their consistent dedication to creating the least environmental impact on the local community," Pilkington said at the opening ceremony of the 77th Skål World Congress.
Minister of Tourism for South Africa Derek Hanekom also congratulated Hotel Verde and the VERDE HOTELS group saying, "Their success comes from taking a responsible approach right from the start of their planning, and then ensuring that all their products, services and activities are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable into the future."
Hotel Verde is the first hotel in the world to be certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum for both Design & Construction, as well as Operations & Maintenance, from the United States Green Building Council.
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The LEED certification, developed by the USGBC (United States Green Building Council) and administered and audited by the GBCI (Green Building Certification Institute), is considered globally as the premier mark of accomplishment in green building and provides independent third-party verification that a building was designed, built and/or operated sustainably.
Sustainable in this sense refers to a comprehensive list of factors including, but not limited to, energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 and other greenhouse and harmful gas emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
Skål is a professional organisation of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry.
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