Taking Steps Towards A Greener Future

We’re all about making smart decisions for the future. Whether it’s about looking for ways to minimize our impact on the environment or mastering responsible business practices, we believe a significant commitment today will mean the world to future generations.

Taking Steps Towards A Greener Future at Sandman Hotel & Suites Kelowna

As part of this commitment, we've introduced the ‘Go Green’ program at select Sandman, Sandman Signature and Sutton Place hotels. This exciting opportunity is spearheaded by the British Columbia Hotels Association (BCHA) and supported by sustainability consultants GreenStep Solutions. The aim is simple: to identify and accelerate energy conservation projects and sustainability opportunities.

We selected Kelowna as the perfect place to trial the program based on guest feedback. It proved successful, and so we've rolled it out to all of our hotels in British Columbia and across Canada. Every aspect of our hotels will be scrutinized by analysts as they perform energy, waste, and water audits as well as measure our carbon footprint.

Taking Steps Towards A Greener Future at Sandman Hotel & Suites Kelowna

As part of the program, a $2 EcoFund Fee per night will be added to each guest’s folio in support of the ‘Go Green’ program at participating properties. 100% of your $2 goes directly into a Greenstep managed fund to pursue initiatives and funding of innovative opportunities to implement and accelerate real change for our hotels, the environment, and the communities that we serve. This nominal contribution joins the tens of thousands of dollars that Sandman is continually investing in being a greener accommodation provider. We thank you for your support of the ‘Go Green’ program.

To learn more about GreenStep, please visit greenstep.ca.

Taking Steps Towards A Greener Future at Sandman Hotel & Suites Kelowna

5 Easy Tips For A Greener Future

Being green doesn’t have to be hard; it’s all about making smart choices! Here are some small steps you could take to be more eco-conscious on your next trip:

Rethink Transportation
One of the biggest environmental impacts we have as individuals is vehicle emissions. Between 1990 and 2019, greenhouse gas emissions in Canada increased by more than 20%. An easy way to cut your carbon footprint is to carpool or use public transit. The next time you’re planning a trip, consider looking at a rideshare site such as Poparide, or booking an airport shuttle instead of renting a car.

Alternatively, support businesses that offset their carbon. Global air travel causes approximately 2% of the world's carbon emissions. Lucky for you, Air Canada has partnered with Less Emissions to provide the highest quality carbon offsets to individuals and organizations looking to reduce the environmental impact of their flights.

Taking Steps Towards A Greener Future at Sandman Hotel & Suites Kelowna

Pack in, pack out

This old adage is ingrained in outdoor culture but applicable in the day-to-day, too. It’s simply the idea that whatever you take with you, should return with you. Not always necessary, of course. However, if you don’t find plastic recycling while on the road, for example, keep a hold of your trash until you do. And absolutely, under any circumstances, there’s no need to litter.

Taking Steps Towards A Greener Future at Sandman Hotel & Suites Kelowna


This is a great little tip: travel with your reusable containers! When you think about it, it’s incredible how many single-use plastics we encounter when we travel. Even paper cups use up valuable resources to be collected, sorted and recycled. So the next time you’re travelling, pop a flask or reusable tote in your luggage and offer it at checkout each time you grab a coffee or visit a store. These little changes really do make a big difference!

Taking Steps Towards A Greener Future at Sandman Hotel & Suites Kelowna

Hydration Nation

Google tells us that the world currently goes through 1 million plastic bottles every minute. In fact, if current trends continue, our oceans could contain more plastic than fish by 2050. Let that sink in.

In Canada alone, we consume two billion water bottles per year. An easy way to reduce your consumption of single-use plastics is simply to drink tap water. If you’re not sure—or would prefer to avoid water straight from the tap—here are 14 of the best water bottles with filters built right in! It’s never been easier to get pure, clean water on the go.

Taking Steps Towards A Greener Future at Sandman Hotel & Suites Kelowna

Get Involved

Take the time to lend your support to businesses and organizations that are making a difference. Discover the various programs that may be in place and learn how you can get involved.

For example, at Sandman Hotels, you may forego a daily linen service and choose to reuse your towels. While at one of our hotels, you may choose to dine at Chop Steakhouse & Bar, which is a member of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and use only sustainable fish and seafood products.

Adaptations like this are the basis for a happier, healthier environment, and we believe we each have a responsibility to do our part.

To learn more about carbon dioxide and for more tips on how to cut your carbon footprint, we found this useful TEDx Talk on YouTube.