Sustainbility

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Our environmental measures

The Fernie Fox Hotel’s vision is to become the most sustainable hotel in British Columbia while delivering a true Fernie experience. The hotel is working to achieve this by improving the sustainability of business activities and reducing its environmental footprint. The Fernie Fox Hotel has a sustainability policy and sustainability initiative that outlines its practices to achieve this vision.

Our key sustainability initiatives

We have implemented numerous initiatives which we feel are very important but crucially , we do not rest on our laurels and have a plan moving forward to ensure that we are always making improvements.

Some of our initiatives are visible and others are less so. You will notice for example that we do not have any tent cards or information binders in our guest rooms, but in addition to reducing the use of paper, and moving our guest information brochures and pamphlets online, we have invested in the following actions to minimize our carbon footprint, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and decrease our property’s energy consumption:

  • Installation of solar panels on the hotel roof to provide clean energy to power the hotel, reducing the impact on the energy supply for local residents.
  • We save over 22,016 garbage bags a year by cleaning our bins daily.
  • 62,000 bottles saved as we use shampoo dispensers.
  • Control 4 energy management system saves over 52kw per day 19,000 per year
  • We have an ongoing internal energy audit, and regularly implement changes based on results.
  • We have replaced all incandescent light bulbs with new LED bulbs.
  • We have installed LED lighting behind all signage.
  • We have purchased the most efficient hot water heater on the market “The Cyclone”.
  • Replaced hotel linen washer and dryers with latest-model energy-efficient versions.
  • We have installed flow restrictors on showerheads and taps, that does not affect the pressure.
  • We have a guest towel reuse/bed linen changing program in place to save water.
  • We have implemented a solid waste diversion program for guests and staff members.
  • We do not use plastic bag liners in guest room garbage cans. The cans are wiped down every day.
  • We have replaced individual bottles of shampoo and conditioner with dispensers.
  • We use active ion to clean most surfaces. (temporarily we are using bleach due to Covid-19).
  • We shop local as much as possible.
  • We encourage guests to buy products that are made locally.
  • Implement a policy of purchasing low-energy equipment for electrical devices such as fridges, TV’s microwaves.
  • Have an energy management system installed to turn lights and air conditioning off in empty guest rooms.
  • Support and actively contribute to local community development projects.
  • Educate guests about how they can make a positive contribution to local biodiversity and conservation efforts.
  • Encourage guests to explore the destination beyond the boundaries of the property.
  • Include environmental aspects into employee training, such as how to reduce energy, water and waste.
  

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Keeping it Green

At The Fernie Fox we take sustainability very seriously.

We work tirelessly to reduce our impact on the environment through everything that we do.

You will notice a lack of disposable cutlery, plates or single use plastics. Our heating system is the most efficient possible and we have an electric vehicle charger.

To read more about our environmental practices please visit our sustainability page.