Stay at a Resort that’s had an Active Environmental Program for the Past 40 Years & Big Plans for the Future!
We are pleased to announce our newly acquired 4 Green Key rating through the Green Key Eco-Rating Program. A 4-Key rating demonstrates that the Nottawasaga Resort has shown national industry leadership and commitment to protecting the environment through its wide-ranging policies and practices. The hotel has mature programs in place that involve management, employees, guests and the public and which have shown substantial and measureable results.
We are also pleased to announce that we are the proud recipient of the 2016 Energy Into Action Innovation Award for Commercial Properties.
Our active environmental program includes:
- A 50% energy reduction within our kitchens has been accomplished through the use of a system which monitors and controls the exhaust fans during cooking, determines the amount of ventilation required and maintains a constant and consistent kitchen temperature through variable speed drivers and temperature sensors.
- The air conditioning system utilizes variable speed control technology to regulate the air temperature throughout the resort. The chiller fan speed is automatically adjusted based on the demands of day and the season, leading to a significant reduction in our energy consumption.
- Implementation of regular waste audits and reduction work plans to lower landfill waste through recycling and composting. Currently, we divert 67% of our waste from reaching the landfill with plans to exceed this in the coming year.
- In order to further reduce waste takeout containers and cutlery have been replaced with biodegradable options and recycling bins have been installed in all of our guest rooms.
- Kitchen produce, peelings, deep fryer shortening and discarded food scrapings are collected and converted into secondary fuels.
- To offset carbon emissions we have relocated 1,500 local trees to our grounds and to date, have planted over 43,000 new trees in the New Tecumseth area in partnership with Conservation Ontario.
- We have replaced T12 bulbs with new high efficiency T8 bulbs. These new bulbs use 40% fewer watts, produce 40% less heat, and output 10% more light.
- The outdoor pool has heat plate exchangers that harness the heat created by our refridgeration equipment. The heat exchanger circulates and warms the water within the pool and cools the equipment in our kitchens; greatly reducing our energy consumption.
- Further lighting upgrades include moving our Jungle Quest Mini-Golf course from 50 watt halogen bulbs to 7 watt LEDs.
- High efficiency bulbs have also been installed within the arena, reducing our draw on the energy grid and energy consumption by 50%.
- Our water conservation efforts include the use of low-flush toilets, showerhead and faucet aerators throughout the entire resort.
- Throughout the golf season we recycle tertiary treated effluent from our own private sewage treatment plant onto the course; reducing the amount of water needed from the river for irrigation.
- The installation of R-60 insulation in the ceiling and R-40 in the walls of the arena, created significant energy savings in a world where R-20 & R-12 is standard.
- Conservation of energy is further achieved through the installation of motion sensors and programmable thermostats.
- High efficiency dryers with an intuitive drying cycle that senses moisture in fabrics. This allows for a shorter drying time while using less gas and electricity.
- Our waste reduction policies and recycling programs includes plastics, metal, glass, paper, cardboard, batteries and CFL light bulbs.
- We are committed to reducing paper consumption throughout the organization and changing over the existing supplies to recycled and FSC sources whenever possible.
- In order to further reduce waste we have committed to installing recycling bins in all our guest rooms.
For more information about the Green Key rating system visit: www.greenkeyglobal.com.