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Dusit Thani Manila Holds Tree Planting
06 December, 2012
Makati, Philippines – As part of its commitment in helping create a greener world, Dusit Thani Manila, an award winning luxury green hotel under the Dusit International Group, recently conducted a Tree Planting activity at the La Mesa Watershed Area in cooperation with ABS- CBN’s Bantay Kalikasan.
120 trees of Kalantas, Narra, Tangisang Bayawak and Subiang were planted by the Employees in a small portion of the 2,700 hectare Nature Reserve. The La Mesa Watershed is a government property and houses the filtration plant that distributes water to 5 cities and 32 municipalities or about 12 million residents in Metro Manila. It is also the last forest of its size in the metropolis.
Dusit Thani Manila faithfully adheres to this thrust through its Seamless Meetings Packages – the green initiative that provides facilities and meeting package services which will contribute to reducing the carbon footprint like the use of conference pads and pencils made of recycled materials, use of compact slim fluorescents and setting of room temperature at 24C to limit energy use, reduce unnecessary waste by replacing disposable items with reusable ones, such as whiteboard menus, recycled paper napkins, ceramic creamers and sugar dispensers, china and glassware, and use of function rooms at the 2nd floor meeting center which have natural daylight.
The hotel also conducts the 'Dusit Green Hour' which is the monthly version of the Earth Hour. Dusit Green Hour, which is held every last Saturday of the month, is a 60-minute hotel-wide lights-off campaign that has been going on since June 2009 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. This is being participated by the entire Dusit Thani Manila consisting of the DFiT Fitness Centre, Devarana Spa, main Hotel lobby and all its restaurants and bars. Hotel guests are also encouraged to switch off the lights in their rooms. The campaign saves energy cost for the hotel, all its dining guests are also being shared the saving benefits of this thrust by entitling them 30% discount on any food and beverage orders from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. every last Saturday of each month.
Recently, the hotel has been awarded with a Silver certification by EarthCheck, (www.earthcheck.org), an internationally recognized environmental management and certification program designed for the Travel and Tourism industry. It helps determine a company's standard of environmental, social, and economic performance and requires compliance to internationally recognized standards. This includes the reporting of Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHG) and consumption of natural resources.