InterContinental Hong Kong Wins a Green Gong


Strange where one finds a greening going on. No usually anticipated in a 258 room five star hotel, with harbour views, and a rooftop heated outdoor swimming pool. But seemingly the InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong has been doing its bit for a few years now. Just this month they were awarded the 2006 'Eco-Hotel Champion' award by the Hong Kong Sustainable Communications Association (HKSCA) a group that promotes the eco-fying of businesses. This is not the first time the hotel has scored a prize. In 2004 they picked up the Gold Award for Green Innovative Practice from the Hong Kong Eco-Business Awards and they were certified under ISO14001 in 2000 for Environmental Management Systems.* While details are scarce as to exactly what changes have been made, the hotel has a 'green policy' that commenced back in 1999, and now includes a Green Committee, which works with all the hotel staff to promote the virtues of recycle, repair, reuse, refill, replace and reduce. In winning the award, the General Manager observed that, "We firmly believe that a good green policy makes good business sense." Hear, hear. ::InterContinental Grand Stanford, via Daily Travel News.* We should remind readers that even a landmine manufacturing plant could obtain ISO 14001, because in very rough terms the certification applies, not so much to what you do, but how you measure and manage it.