This Saturday March 19, Mill Street asks you to join us for Earth Hour in the Melody Bar. We’re turning the lights down real low to present an intimate acoustic show with Sean Pinchin over candlelight and tasty suds! There’s no cover and 50 cents of every pint sold will be donated to Earth Day Canada. Stop by at 8:30pm!
What you might not know, is that we’re committed to environmental stewardship all year round at the Gladstone Hotel. From the tops of our green roofs to the fields of our local food-providers, we take our environmental policies and initiatives seriously. Hotel’s are notorious for checking important values at the door—but not us.
Here are 11 ways we work diligently to reduce our environmental impact and aim to be an industry leader in sustainable hotel practices:
1. Every spring, we host Grow Op, a four day art exhibition featuring over 30 thought-provoking works that respond to environmental responsibility and sustainability, public spaces and landscape urbanism from the condo balcony to the public square and territories beyond. Stop by to from April 21-24 to see the evocative, inspiring exhibition!
2. We have been audited by Jennifer Wright of Green Shift on an on-going since 2003. Green stamp of approval? Check!
3. You won’t find plastic bottles in this hotel! Since stopping this practice in 2007, we have saved over 100,000 bottles from landfill (and that’s a conservative estimate).
4. We are committed to using green products for the cleaning and maintenance of the building.
5. The Gladstone Hotel’s recycling and composting program is state of the art. No silly waste, here!
6. We prefer suppliers of local, fair trade and organic goods and services whenever possible!
7. We encourage guests to use the TTC by offering Toronto Public Transit Day Passes and free Transit maps at the front desk. Guests also have access to bicycles in nice weather with lots of stands outside to lock ’em up.
8. We encourage guests to re-use towels and sources laundry services from a provider with a green program.
9. We have not one but two green roofs which are not only awesome, but help enormously with storm run off and preventing floods.
10. Our soaps and shampoos are made by a local farmer in Prince Edward County and if they’re gently used and left behind, they are donated to the homeless.
11. Each room has heating and cooling systems controlled by the guest. This means energy is not wasted on vacancies and in general — but can cater to the comfort of guests in an energy-efficient fashion.