The Langham, Boston Awarded EarthCheck Silver Certification for Environmental Practices
BOSTON - November 9, 2010 – The Langham, Boston has been awarded an EarthCheck Silver Certification for its superb environmental practices. EarthCheck is the world’s leading sustainable travel and tourism certification organization.
The EarthCheck Program is widely regarded as the world’s most scientifically rigorous, and is focused on maximizing operational efficiencies to minimize CO2e emissions, while supporting host communities. It looks at key environmental indicators such as energy and water consumption, total waste production as well as community commitment, to determine the level of performance.
Only those companies that can demonstrate operational practices that adhere to the highest environmental standards receive the much-coveted Silver Certification.
“We’re extremely proud to have received Certified Silver status from the Earthcheck Program,” says Serge Denis, Managing Director of The Langham, Boston. “Our colleagues have been committed, and have worked very hard to ensure that our hotel’s practices emphasize our commitment to offering a more sustainable travel experience and a greener community.”
Prior to achieving Certification, The Langham, Bostonsuccessfully benchmarked its operations using the EarthCheck tool. This involved the organization submitting a year’s worth of operational data, and having it compared to that of other organizations that are similar in kind.
The EarthCheck Program uses more than a decade of factual, operational data, submitted by over 1000 companies in 60+ countries. By taking such a holistic view of company practices, The Langham, Bostonwas able to identify where they were out-performing others, and where room for improvement remained.
Under the watchful eye of The Langham, Boston’s Purchasing Director and Environmental Champion, Bob Stone, The Langham, Boston successfully implemented several different sustainable practices throughout the year. By adhering to these practices, The Langham, Boston was able to make significant strides in limiting their creation of solid waste and use of energy and water.
“I am delighted that The Langham, Boston has achieved Certified Silver status,” says Stewart Moore, CEO of EC3 Global. The Langham, Boston has recognized a maturing of the science behind climate change and environmental sustainability, and has chosen to apply the highest possible standard to their practices.
“Going well beyond mere tick-box action is not an easy task. It requires the commitment of all levels of staff, as well as a readiness to submit to expert scrutiny. The Langham, Bostonhas emerged as an example of an organization committed to environmentally sustainable tourism, and the EarthCheck logo will serve to demonstrate that their claims are both credible and relevant.”
Changing regulatory environments, rapidly evolving markets and complex risk implications require organizations access specialized tools and expertise. Taking a science-based approach, The Langham, Bostonhas increased efficiencies, maximized guest experience and minimized their environmental footprint.
EarthCheck is the next generation of environmental certification and benchmarking. It is the culmination of a journey that began in 1987 and continues to this day. Exclusively owned by EC3 Global, the EarthCheck Program is used by more sustainable travel and tourism companies than any other; helping them navigate the path forwards with certainty and peace of mind, while recognizing that the planet deserves more than half measures.