Sustainable development, in the very heart of our actions
Concerned by its impact on environment and society, Hotel Chateau Laurier Quebec has a Sustainable Development Policy covering every sphere of activity.
The Policy plans many concrete actions relevant in day-to-day operations
- Recycling- recycling bins are placed in all rooms, corridors, halls and reception rooms
- Rigorous management of water and energy
- Distribution of food surpluses and second-hand supplies to local organizations
- Involvement of staff in many charitable and humanitarian organizations such as Alzheimer Society and Centre Psycho-Pédagogique.
Since it adopted a sustainable development policy in 2009, the Hôtel Château Laurier Québec has been committed to improving its environmental footprint. Hotel management formed a Green Committee made up of representatives from different sectors of the establishment.
The Green Committee plays an advisory role for the hotel by keeping its environmental and social initiatives on track. The multidisciplinary team is always on the lookout for innovative projects and stimulating activities with a view to sustainable development. They have been involved in a number of actions, including prioritizing local producers and suppliers, promoting eco-friendly transportation, planting a garden on the hotel roof and in its interior courtyard, producing honey, and participating in World Wildlife Fund (WWF)'s Earth Hour.
The committee's goal is to make the Hôtel Château Laurier Québec one of Quebec City's top green destinations by offering a range of cutting-edge, eco-friendly services. Furthermore, its commitment to improving employees' quality of life has helped rank the company among the top employers.
The Hôtel Château Laurier Québec has a dynamic presence in the area and community and hopes the process will catch on and positively influence people and companies involved, directly or indirectly, with the hotel.
From left to right, first row : Birgit Schatzle, front desk clerk / Mattia Démaz-Hébert, lodging manager, Hôtel Château Bellevue
Second row : Danielle Talbot, sales delegate / Louis-Marie Dubé, maintenance /Marie-Laurence Bélisle, housekeeping assistant manager / Manon Steben, waiter - George V caterer / Aude Lafrance-Girard, general manager
Hôtel Château Laurier Québec contributes to the success of sustainable events within its walls
The conference "Organizing a successful event: The choices that make the difference," won the 2013 Vivat, Loto-Québec Price for responsible events in the Food category.
The exemplary approach of our catering service, Le George V, who had the audacity to engage in the identification of ingredients, revealed that a large proportion of selected foods came from a radius of 300 km. In addition, many foods selected for the menu held an organic certification, as well as certification of local provenance (Aliments du Québec, Charlevoix products, etc..) This carefully crafted menu has helped to cumulate a considerable number of points according to the BNQ certification grid, while collecting a perfect appreciation note from the participants.
The judges particularly emphasized the effort required to reach this level of excellence in the event that environmental responsibility is not the primary purpose, the colossal efforts to achieve level 4 BNQ 9700-253 and awareness approach to other event organizers. In this case the hotel was a partner in a consortium of bidders local experts services to conference organizers led by Agora Communication.
To adopt a habitat with Hôtel Château Laurier Québec is to reduce ecological footprint
In order to optimize its environmental contribution, Hôtel Château Laurier Québec offers to event organizers of environmentally responsible events to donate to the fund Adopt a habitat. Over $20,000 was collected, amount used to sponsor many projects since 2014. A strong and effective action meaning to reduce ecological footprint.
Things we do to make a difference here and now
A clean environment
- We recycle paper, cardboard, glass and metal. Recycling bins are placed in all rooms as well as in corridors, halls and reception rooms.
- We're extra careful about water and how we use it...including sanitation, landscape watering and maintenance of the pool's saltwater. Water coolers are provided instead of bottled water at events. And we use environmentally friendly, bio-engineered cleaning products made in Quebec.
- We also practice smart energy with low-watt, energy saving light bulbs...and make sure lights and heating are never left on in empty rooms and other hotel spaces when not in use.
- The chef at the George V, our hotel's caterer, favours organically grown and seasonal products (also used at our Fair Trade organic café), and products made here in Quebec...like our highly popular selection of local and regional cheeses. The chef makes every effort to eliminate transfats from our cuisine. He's also a connoisseur of fine cooking herbs from his very own plot in the hotel's Four Seasons garden. You're welcome to sample his fresh parsley, rosemary and thyme...so don't be shy!
Socially responsible practices
- Surplus food is redirected to food banks for the benefit of the local community.
- Used furniture, surplus bedding, bath and shower fixtures and other fittings that don't meet 4-star hotel standards are passed along to local organizations, including women's centres, Maison Lauberivière, Patro Roc-Amadour, Société Saint-Vincent de Paul, Maison Dauphine, and others.
- Bedding, curtains and furniture in our hotel rooms are made in Quebec.
Cooperation with the community
- Our support program allows next-generation Quebec artists exhibit space in our public areas. At special events such as product launches, the walls in the Foyer des Plaines are used to show new works by these artists free of charge.
- Hotel Château Laurier management and employees are involved in numerous charitable and community causes in the Quebec City area:
- Fondation québécoise de la relève en tourisme
- Alzheimer Society
- Noël des enfants
- Canadian MS Society
- Fondation Signes d'Espoir
- Maison Dauphine
- Centre Psycho-Pédagogique de Québec
- Cégep de Limoilou
- The United Way/Centraide
Internal programs, policies and committees include:
- A strict policy against psychological harassment
- A pay equity policy
- A labour relations and occupational health and safety committee
An advantage for our guests
For our guests, the Sustainable Development Policy means:
- Eco-friendly packages: for eco-responsible business events
- “Green” private events: weddings, anniversaries, nominations, balls, banquets, etc.
- Day passes for the local bus system
- Free parking for electric vehicles (with charging stations)