We all have a role to play in the changing climate. Here are a few ways to lighten your impact
• Make sure your lighting is efficient. LED light bulbs generally use up to 80% less energy than traditional incandescents and they last longer
• Replace old appliances, such as refrigerators, washing machines and water heaters with smarter, energy saving models
• Recycle. It is estimated that recycling glass, aluminum, plastic, and paper could ave 260kg CO2 per year, equivalent to more than 600 miles of driving
• Consider getting solar panels for your home
ON THE ROAD
• Avoid driving when you can walk, bike, or take public transport
• Consider to stop the engine if the red light is on for more than 35-40 seconds
AT THE STORE
• Bring your own bags and buy in bulk when possible to reduce packaging
• Reduce your consumption of bottled water and other packaged drinks. In general, driving up demand for plastic means doing the same for fossil fuels
In a show of support for this year’s World Environment Day, on the morning of 5th June, Caravelle’s senior management and department heads together with 100 associates and friends set off to pedal along Vo Van Kiet street to raise awareness in environmental protection.
At least 100 bikers wearing green caps and Caravelle Saigon polo shirts sped off on Sunday morning along the Ben Nghe – Tau Hu – Lo Gom channel which has recently been renovated, cleaned and replanted by the city’s authorities. This is also one of the outdoor activities in raising eco-consciousness of the staffs and the community regarding to zero-emission means of transportation. Biking instead of motor biking helps keeping and maintaining a clean environment for future generations.
This is the Caravelle’s fourth year of participation in World Environment Day. In 2012 and again 2015, the hotel organized flash mobs on the steps of the Opera House; 2016 marks another year of Caravelle’s significant effort in keeping Ho Chi Minh City clean and green.
The United Nations Environment Programme founded World Environment Day in 1972 as a vehicle to stimulate worldwide awareness of environmental issues. Today, the event becomes the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action.
Caravelle Saigon is proud to be the first ever property in Vietnam to achieve the EarthCheck Gold Certificate since 2015 and the only hotel that will have the opportunity to sustain this prestigious achievement for the next five years. In 2016, Caravelle Saigon has once again proved its positioning as an EarthCheck leader in Vietnam by successfully securing the Gold certification.
This certificate positions Caravelle Saigon as a leader in the unique worldwide group of sustainable tourism operators. It is also another noteworthy milestone of the hotel after many years of outstanding effort in making distinct improvements in areas such as; resource saving, recycling and CSR projects to lead the way in keeping the place we live clean and green.
EarthCheck is the world’s leading certifier of sustainable travel and tourism businesses with an internationally recognised standard, benchmarking & certification program. The “EarthCheck Gold” designation is only awarded after five years of continual assessment by an independent 3rd party audit, adhering to EarthCheck Company Standards.
Proud to be the first and only official property in Vietnam celebrating Global Wellness Day (GWD) 2016, the non-profit event dedicated to living well both physically and spiritually, Caravelle Saigon has tailored a programme including healthy drinks and cuisine plus “staycation” promotion focusing on relaxation, health and well-being for the whole month this June.
The highlight of the programme was Saturday 11th June when Caravelle organised a BodyCombat and Zumba session conducted by California Fitness & Yoga Centers instructors on its rooftop, 27th floor with the honour attendance of Mr. Aldo Belkouar and Mr. Henri Hubert, the two Ambassadors of GWD in Vietnam.
Nearly 100 participants including the executive management, Caravelle associates and families plus in-house guests in white t-shirts and sneakers joined this energising fitness-orientated workout to not only get the circulation flowing but also to support a healthy and stress-free life.
First celebrated in 2012, GWD was established in Turkey and has spread to 7 continents, 86 countries with 83 ambassadors. With the slogan “One day can change your whole life”, GWD directs the thoughts and raises awareness of the individual and society towards living well.
Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet, and is organized by WWF (World Wild Fund). Engaging a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues, Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide, and the one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.
In 2015, WWF’s Earth Hour grew to become the world’s largest event for the environment. While the global lights out remains an impactful visual call-out, its true impact is starting to be seen in areas and communities fighting climate change on an everyday basis.
Earth Hour 2016 will be held on Saturday 19th March between 8:30pm and 9:30pm (local time zone). This annual event aims to encourage individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet.
GO BEYOND THE HOUR FOR A SUSTAINABLE WORLD.
The following actions that will take place in Caravelle Saigon on Saturday 19th March 2016:
• On the hotel Façade: We will switch off all lights during the abovementioned time.
• In all guest rooms: We will be turning off lights in all our guestrooms for a full hour from 8:30 pm to 9:30pm. If you would like to do more, we suggest that you turn off other electronics and air conditioner in your room at the same time.
• In the Lobby: We will switch off all lights and together Caravelle associates will light up the candles setup as the logo of Earth Hour 60+.
• In Reflections Fine Dining, Nineteen Buffet Restaurant, Café de l’Opera and Saigon Saigon Bar: We will be serving dinner and drinks by candlelight the whole evening.
• Enjoying a unique fashion showed made from recycled material and LED lightning.
For 60 Minutes You and I, Together We Act
Keeping up with the success of being the only 5-stars hotel to receive ‘’Ho Chi Minh City Environmental Award 2014’’, Caravelle Saigon has passed other candidates to once again be the unique hotel in the country receiving the ‘’Vietnam Environmental Awards 2015’’ from Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), along with other companies and other local organizations in Vietnam.
As the only and official award held every 2 years by MONRE, this is to honor individuals, enterprises, agencies for implementing excellent performances and achievements in contribution to environmental protection, sustainable development and green growth.
Coming off a successful EarthCheck benchmark year with good result, this award is considered as another noteworthy milestone after many years of outstanding effort of the hotel in Environmental conservation such as saving energy, water, consuming eco-friendly chemicals, as well as other outdoor activities (Flashmob, Biking for the Environment, Cleaning up the Beach…) to call on public attention in keeping the place we live clean & green.
Silver certified with EarthCheck since 2011, this historic 56-year-old hotel received the Green Lotus Label in 2012 and also won ASEAN Green Hotel Award for green practices and non-stop activities for the community in 2014.
Did you know...
... that purchasing recycled paper, implementing dual flush toilets and reducing printing are only a couple of actions that help to make your procurement more sustainable?
A range of products and services are sourced by tourism businesses and every purchase you make impacts the environment and community in some way. Green procurement involves assessing the environmental, social and economic impacts of products and services across their entire life cycle;
Green procurement not only is a great way to reduce your ecological footprint, it provides opportunities to enhance your reputation as a responsible business.
So how can you incorporate sustainable procurement into your daily operations? When purchasing goods and services from your suppliers consider:
• Is the product or service water and energy efficient?
• Is there potential for reuse or recycling?
• Are non-harmful alternatives to cleaning products available?
• Can the product be repaired rather than a new product purchased?
• Do products and services minimize or avoid negative impacts on protected or endangered species?
Sustainable purchasing achieves value for money on a whole life-cycle basis. Purchasing more sustainable goods and services can help drive markets in the direction of innovation and sustainability, thereby enabling the transition to a green economy.
What are you doing to enable a greener economy?
Silver certified with EarthCheck – World leading certification body in Tourism and Hotel industry since 2011, Caravelle Saigon cares for the environmental & social sustainability in every aspect of our operation. Let’s figure out how much you know about this issue by challenging yourself with our 03 simple questions. You may find answers at the end of the article!
1. As our population grows and the climate change demands for food, water and energy will increase. An increase of the world population means increasing stress on the world’s natural resources and thus even more reason to “Consume with care”!
What number will the world’s population reach by 2050?
2. You may see water everywhere such as running from the tap, falling from the sky, freezing in glaciers, emerging in the ocean or even existing in the atmosphere as humidity.
How much of the world’s water supply is fresh (drinkable)?
3. The fact is that substantial water savings can be made by switching single flush toilets to dual flush. Implementation of low usage devices are always useful, however there is a myriad of other low cost and no cost options that you can implement to reduce your water consumption.
How much water does a single flush toilet use on average each day?
Make yourself further embed sustainability, practice green habits in every single move of your daily activities, because the planet deserves more than half measures! And we don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children!
We are going green!
Question 1: 9 billion
Question 2: Less than 3%
Question 3: 110 litres per day
Friends and staff members of Caravelle Saigon Hotel kicked up their heels on the steps of Ho Chi Minh City’s historic Opera House last weekend, in a show of support for greater action on environmental issues.
At promptly 09:00am on 31st May, 80 associates of Caravelle Saigon stormed the steps of the Opera House in a high-energy Flashmob, drawing a crowd of appreciative motorists and pedestrians who cheered and shimmied in time to the music. The dancers performed four songs in quick succession, before fanning out to encourage bystanders to take personal action to protect the planet.
In addition to the song-and-dance routine, Caravelle Saigon also made a show of donating seven waste bins to the grounds around the Opera House to further promote proper waste segregation in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City.
The activity, which was timed to focus attention to the upcoming World Environment Day on 5th June, was Caravelle’s second Flashmob in the Heart of Saigon, and the most recent in a series of public actions the hotel has taken over the years in support of World Environment Day.
Considered one of Vietnam’s leading eco-conscious properties, Caravelle Saigon picked up its third ASEAN Green Hotel Award for sustainable practises at the close of 2014, and has held EarthCheck’s Silver Certification since 2011. The hotel was the first to introduce eco-friendly meeting packages and paperless check-in and check-out within Vietnam, and has implemented numerous green initiatives such as waste water recycling, installing LED lights and the use of biodegradable cleaning products.
World Environment Day is the United Nation’s chief vehicle for promoting worldwide awareness and action for the environment. This year’s theme, “Consume with Care”, focuses on the need for sustainable lifestyles, highlighting each individual’s responsibility to reduce unnecessary consumption and care for Earth.
For more about World Environment Day, visit unep.org
Did you know that 350 million tons of paper is consumed worldwide per year? This equates to the weight of 70 million elephants!
The theme for the 2015 World Environment Day which was held on Friday, 5th June, was "Consume with care". A large proportion of waste is generated from unnecessary use of paper products. A study by Xerox has shown that 45% of paper used in an average office was binned at the end of each day! These numbers challenge us to consider: Do We Consume With Care?
Because environmental conservation is the matter of our concern, Caravelle Saigon is making efforts to become an increasingly eco-friendly hotel. We are proud to be the first hospitality property in the country to launch paperless check-in and check-out option for eco-minded guests. A paper saving campaign throughout the Hotel has also been carried out in the past 5 years as a commitment and determination in our answer: Yes we care!
Silver certified with EarthCheck since 2011, this historic 56-year-old hotel received Vietnam Environmental Award 2015, HCMC Environmental Award 2014, ASEAN Green Hotel 2014 for implementing excellent performances and achievements in contribution to environmental protection, sustainable development and green growth.
What are you doing to consume paper with care?
Our oceans are filled with items that do not belong there. Huge amounts of consumer plastics, metals, rubber, paper, textiles, derelict fishing gear, vessels, and other lost or discarded items enter the marine environment every day, making marine debris one of the most widespread pollution problems facing the world's oceans and waterways.
The below statistic shows the amount of time it takes for an item to biodegrade if in the ocean:
• Paper towels 2-4 weeks
• Newspaper 6 weeks
• Waxed Milk Carton 3 months
• Wool glove 1 year
• Painted wooden stick 13 years
• Tin can 50 years
• Foam cup 50 years
• Styrofoam buoy 80 years
• Aluminum can 200 years
• Disposable diapers 450 years
• Plastic bottle 450 years
• Apple core 2 months
It is a global problem, and it is an everyday problem. There is no part of the world left untouched by debris and its impacts. Marine debris is a threat to our environment, navigation safety, the economy, and human health.
Pick up an eco-friendly lifestyle, preserve the oceans for future generations and don’t let our kids clean our trash.
Flashing back to 2014 performance, Caravelle Saigon has succeeded in sustaining its environmental standards and improving its operations since its first days of going green. Till the end of Dec 2014, the Hotel recycled up to 40,000 m3 of qualified treated wastewater for cooling tower and flushing toilet. Through careful monitoring the 335-room-property managed to reduce CO2 emission by roughly 5.3% as non-stop effort of tackling global warming by offsetting carbon footprints.
Besides, it also achieved fantastic results in reusing slippers, reduction of paper consumption, chemicals, stationery as well as other natural resources as a high commitment in the endless green journey. In the latest audit this year to continue with EarthCheck & ISO 14001 certification, Caravelle Saigon has successfully passed exacting science-based standards with flying colours to re-affirm its position in the group of sustainable tourism operators worldwide.
Lately in Dec 2014, the iconic landmark was honoured with the Ho Chi Minh City Environmental Award 2014 as the only hotel in Saigon to achieve this prestigious achievement in its first year of celebration. Held by the HCMC People’s Committee in collaboration with Department of Natural Resources & Environment, the award is aimed to honor outstanding groups and individuals in environmental protection.