Hotel Association of Canada awards Bellstar Hotels & Resorts with the 2014 Green Key Environmental Award

CALGARY, ALBERTA, November 19, 2014 – As part of the Hotel Association of Canada’s (HAC) Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence program, Bellstar Hotels & Resorts was just awarded the 2014 Green Key Environmental Award.

The award recognizes lodging companies that have developed a culture toward integrating environmental management practices that improve everyday lodging operations while maintaining quality service and guest expectations. Companies must demonstrate success in one or more of the following areas: energy conservation, solid waste reduction, effluents and emissions, water conservation, purchasing, and business issues.

“We are thrilled and honoured to have received this award as protecting the environment for future generations is one of our core values,” says Patti Smith, Chief Operating Officer for Bellstar Hotels & Resorts. “At Bellstar, we continually strive to create new opportunities to further decrease our ecological footprint while advancing the exceptional experience that our guests expect.”

Since its inception in 2003, Bellstar has been developing and operating boutique hotels and resorts in Western Canada with a special interest in contributing to a greener planet and a greener hospitality experience. Bellstar has taken the initiative to create its own personal sustainability plan, “StayTM | Green”, for resort operations and real estate development. The comprehensive plan incorporates a companywide, triple bottom line operating policy and environmentally friendly business practice program to educate guests, suppliers, and staff to help preserve the planet for future generations.

In addition to many other environmental initiatives led by Bellstar, the respected hotel management company also participates in a number of green initiative programs including HAC’s Green Key Global, EcoStay, a national initiative that helps hotels measure their carbon footprint, identify and fund reduction strategies and balance off their greenhouse gas emissions through carbon offsetting, and Clean The World, a foundation committed to reducing the waste created by discarded soap and shampoo products while preventing deaths by hygiene-related illnesses around the world.

For more detailed information about Bellstar Hotels & Resorts’ environmental program, visit

About Bellstar Hotels & Resorts:

Bellstar Hotels & Resorts manages and develops destination resorts and boutique hotels in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains and in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort near Golden, BC and Vancouver Island. The boutique hospitality brand combines award-winning service, employment standards and marketing excellence to deliver exceptional resort experiences for guests and owners. For more information, visit


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