Windermere’s Cedar Manor Hotel has reached the finals of an international “green” award competition. It has been shortlisted for the Small Considerate Hotel of the Year and will be judged against hotels from Northumberland – and The Seychelles.
Owner Jonathan Kaye will hope to pick up the coveted award at a gala lunch in London next month (July 3). Created in 1991 in Westminster with initially just London’s flagship hotels, the Considerate Hoteliers was one of the first hotel associations worldwide to impart the message that care for the environment and social responsibility should form a major part of a responsible hotelier’s agenda.
They encourage the adoption of economically, socially and environmentally sustainable policies and practices among hoteliers in a way which enhances the viability of their businesses, the environment and the quality of the experience on offer to their guests, staff and visitors. Member hotels are expected to protect and improve the environment locally – and thereby nationally and globally – by taking action in a number of different ways.
The Cedar Manor already holds the Cumbria Business Environment gold award. Jonathan is a Trustee of Nurture Lakeland, which inspires people to care for and contribute to the natural environment of the Lake District through a visitor giving scheme.
He said: “We are thrilled to reach the finals of this award and to see our efforts recognised. We make sure that relevant environmental legislation and regulation is understood and complied with, reducing energy and water usage wherever possible and by implementing increased efficiency.
“We are careful to use raw materials in a way that avoids producing waste where possible, and by reducing, re-using or recycling waste whenever possible.
“We use environmentally friendly materials whenever possible and appropriate, raising the awareness of staff and customers so that everyone may be involved in looking after our environment and the National Park, and use locally sourced and fair trade produce whenever possible.”
The two other shortlisted hotels are Battlesteads in Northumberland and the Fregate Island hotel in The Seychelles.