Environmental and Social Policy
It's BEST when you care for the environment
BEST WESTERN PLUS Bruntsfield Hotel recognises that we must operate our business with care and consideration both within our local environment and in the wider environment. We have committed to operate with the following policies:
Our social policy in our local community
We use local suppliers wherever possible to minimise transport and CO2 emissions but also promote local and Scottish produce.
We use local trades people and companies for property maintenance and operation.
We pay all our suppliers promptly and within their own credit terms.
We work closely with Edinburgh Council and all statutory authorities to ensure that we operate our business above the minimum standards for Environmental Health and Safety.
We have ensured that as many areas of the hotel as possible are accessible for mobility impaired customers and have provided two specially adapted bedrooms to ensure access to all.
We give our excess and used furniture free to local charities.
We pro-actively maintain the appearance of the hotel and garden.
We work with local schools, colleges and universities to provide work experience and training.
We work with Edinburgh Council Social Services to provide paid employment to young people who are disadvantaged by their circumstances and find it difficult to secure employment.
Our wider social and environmental policy
We have achieved the Silver standard in the Green Business Tourism Scheme and will continue to keep this standard whilst working towards achieving the Gold Award by operating the business in an environmentally responsible “Green” Way.
We have formed an Energy Committee which investigates and initiates ways to reduce energy and wastage from hotel operations and to increase recycling. This committee also monitors meter readings for all energy and pro-actively takes steps to reduce usage when consumption increases by calculating and setting targets for energy use per customer and per room sold.
We recycle paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, electric light bulbs, fabrics, cooking oils and metal cans.
We encourage our guests to recycle by placing recycling containers in public areas.
We use fair trade beverage produce in the bars and restaurant.
We use recycled a paper for all printing, general stationary and sanitary use.
We encourage re-use of guest towels and change bed linen only on demand.
We have thoroughly insulated all bedrooms and have individual heating controls to reduce excess energy use and have energy switches to prevent appliances being left on when the room is vacant.
We harvest rainwater for use in the hotel garden.
We have installed a large proportion of low energy and long life light bulbs.
All heating, hot water and air-conditioning plant is regulary maintained and insulated and set at optimum comfort and energy consumption levels.
We have installed motion sensors for automatic switching off of corridor lighting and "auto-switch off" switches in back of house areas and stores.
We have installed aerated shower heads and taps to save water consumption.