The Oak Bay Beach Hotel in Victoria has achieved the Responsible Tourism Institute’s Biosphere certification which aligns with 17 sustainable development goals of the United Nations in areas that include climate change, environment, social, economy and culture. The hotel joins only two other Biosphere Certified accommodations in British Columbia.
“The Oak Bay Beach Hotel has long been committed to sustainability, which was incorporated into many of the design elements when the hotel reopened in 2012,” says Madone Pelan, general manager at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. “Today, more than ever, we are aware of our impact on the environment, community and how this ties back to the guest experience. It is not only the right thing to do, but also the future of our industry.”
Bestowed by the Responsible Tourism Institute — an international certification body that maintains an memorandum of understanding with UNESCO, is affiliated to the World Tourism Organization and is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council — biosphere destinations are committed to continuous improvement guided by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations of the 2030 Agenda, including combating climate change, protecting the environment, supporting economic growth and respecting culture and social values.
From using low flow taps to reduce wastewater, to supporting local initiatives such as the David Foster Foundation and the Victoria Hospitals Foundation, to transitioning from single use to large format BABOR shower amenities in each Guest Room, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel is dedicated to the goals of the 2030 Agenda.
The hotel commits to continuing its work on their dynamic Biosphere plan. This includes adding new activities, involving their employees, and sharing their results with their guests and surrounding community to improve their on-going sustainability efforts.