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Falmouth Green Tourism Leaders

13 February — 30 April 2009

St Michael’s Hotel & Spa lead the way in Green Tourism with an accredited award.

Falmouth Green Tourism Leaders

St Michael's Hotel & Spa lead the way in Green Tourism with an accredited award.

St Michael's Hotel & Spa has been awarded a Silver grading by The Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) and is the first large hotel in Falmouth to achieve such an award.

St Michael's Hotel Green Team Leader, Helen Price said: "This is a huge achievement for the hotel and all of it's' staff. To be recognised for our green efforts is fantastic and we hope to continue along our green path and improve our environmental procedures even further this year."

The GTBS is the leading sustainable tourism certification scheme in the UK. The aim of the scheme is to encourage a business to reduce their environmental impact by improving the management of any resources they use. The scheme also encourages guests to stay local, using local transport, local attractions and facilities.

Sustainability and green issues are now very much mainstream, with governments, businesses and individuals all involved. Tourism, as one of the main economic drivers in Cornwall, has its part to play. Nigel Carpenter, proprietor of St Michael's Hotel & Spa said: "To achieve the Silver standard is a fantastic achievement and proves our commitment to environmental issues. Hopefully our success will lead the way and encourage other businesses to follow suit in the local area."

St Michael's Hotel & Spa's Green Team was set up in 2007 and has since then implemented a ‘green way of thinking' to all staff and guests that stay at the hotel. All staff are encouraged to use an alternative means to get to work: public transport, car sharing, cycling or walking. And all guests are encouraged to use the local network of ferries, boats, buses, trains and cycle routes that link to some of Cornwall's best attractions.

All food served in The Flying Fish Restaurant is local and seasonal, cutting down food miles and reducing emissions and overcrowding on the roads. The Flying Fish kitchen team are also committed to sustainable fishing, selecting species of fish that are not threatened over those that have depleted stocks.

Energy efficiency throughout the hotel is achieved by actively encouraging reduced consumption; the installation of PIR lighting, improved staff initiatives and the renewal of old equipment with energy efficient equipment.

Double glazing now accounts for 62% of the hotel's windows and guests self-select to have towels laundered. Measures have also been introduced to reduce the amount of water used including the fitting of water efficient toilet cisterns.

The amount of waste produced has been actively managed, measured and reduced with the promotion of recycling (glass, cardboard, printer cartridges, batteries, paper, metal and plastic) to guests and staff. In the past eighteen months St Michael's Hotel & Spa have reduced their final waste by two-thirds.

Businesses opting to join the GTBS are assessed by a qualified grading advisor against a rigorous set of criteria. Businesses that meet the required standard, receive a Bronze, Silver, or Gold award based on their level of achievement.

By choosing a Green Tourism Business like St Michael's Hotel & Spa, you are guaranteed that the business is committed to sustainable tourism, minimising its damage to the environment and is operating in accordance with the relevant environmental regulations.