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Driving Sustainable Hospitality: A Holistic Approach from sustainability efforts in the hotels

Authored article by Disha Gulati, Executive Housekeeper, Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center As many hotels stands at the forefront of the hotel's sustainability efforts. In honor of Earth Day, here are some of

As many hotels stands at the forefront of the hotel’s sustainability efforts. In honor of Earth Day, here are some of the insights into the initiatives undertaken to drive environmental stewardship within the hospitality industry.

The commitment to sustainability is echoing every hotel’s vision to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. Setting science-based emissions reduction targets aligned with 1.5°C emissions scenarios is a cornerstone of this commitment, demonstrating a proactive approach to combatting climate change. The Sustainability Toolkit in hotels, comprising 12 “call to action” focus areas, serves as a roadmap for Hotels sustainability journey. Among these focus areas, few highlights from Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield’s several key initiatives driving tangible progress towards sustainability goals are as follows:

  • The usage of cage-free eggs by Q3 2023 reflects Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield’s dedication to animal welfare and ethical sourcing practices. The hotel prioritizes the production of healthy eggs while upholding its values of compassion.
  • Adopting a farm-to-fork concept, Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield prioritizes locally sourced ingredients, reducing food miles and supporting local farmers. From herbs infused beverages to exotic salads, the hotel’s culinary offerings showcase the richness of regional produce, fostering a sustainable food ecosystem.
  • Food waste tracking on the Mesh platform enables Sheraton Bengaluru Whitefield to analyze and optimize its waste management practices. Through recycling, composting, and waste reduction initiatives, the hotel minimizes its environmental impact while promoting a circular economy.
  • The utilization of renewable energy, exemplified by the installation of solar panels, further solidifies Sheraton Bengaluru Whitefield’s commitment to sustainable operations. By harnessing solar power, the hotel reduces its reliance on fossil fuels, contributing to a cleaner, greener future.
  • While touching upon the importance of guest engagement in driving sustainability initiatives. The linen and terry reuse program empowers guests to participate in water and energy conservation efforts, fostering a culture of environmental responsibility among visitors.
  • The installation of EV chargers and the phase-out of single-use plastic for hydration underscore its dedication to sustainable transportation and plastic reduction, respectively.
  • Implementation of residential bath amenities wherein bath products are installed in large dispensers in guest rooms, gym and spa to preclude the use of single use of plastic bath gel, shampoo and hair conditioner bottles.

Looking ahead, the hotel’s ongoing efforts to reduce water intensity and achieve sustainable certification in 2024. These initiatives will definitely demonstrate the hotel’s holistic approach to sustainability, integrating environmental considerations into every aspect of its operations. Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield’s sustainability journey underlines the transformative power of collective action within the hospitality industry. Through collaboration, innovation, and a steadfast commitment to sustainability, hotels can pave the way for a greener, more resilient future. As we celebrate Earth Day, let us reaffirm our dedication to environmental stewardship and embrace the opportunity to create positive change for generations to come.


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