Crowne Plaza Geneva is a stylish hotel located next to Geneva Airport with modern business facilities and convenient transport links to the city centre. The hotel’s bright guest rooms have contemporary décor, some feature floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Alps.
Green Globe recently awarded Crowne Plaza Geneva its first certification.
Myriam Fischer, Executive Assistant at the hotel said, “I have been working at the Crowne Plaza Geneva for 15 years as a Quality Manager and have been the Green Team Leader over the past two years as we made our first steps towards obtaining Green Globe Certification. I am very honoured to be part of this adventure and look forward to working with my colleagues for a world where sustainable development is part of our values and routines.”
Organic Garden and Bee Hives
The hotel sponsors a biodiversity initiative that helps to preserve bee population numbers in the region. In April 2017, in partnership with Stéphanie Vuadens, a Genevan beekeeper, four beehives were set up in the gardens of the hotel. Stéphanie’s delicious honey with local flavours is served daily at the breakfast buffet and if sufficient honey is produced during the festive season, small jars of honey from the hives are also offered to guests at the end of the year. A bee-friendly garden has also been established with native wildflowers and plants.
This spring, organic tomatoes, zucchini and aromatic herbs such as basil, mint, rosemary and chives were planted in the onsite organic garden. Vegetables are harvested and offered to staff members at the hotel’s canteen and the herbs are essential key ingredients used in restaurant kitchens.
The Crowne Plaza Geneva encourages employees who are interested in sustainability to share their passion with others. The first Green Workshop was held in April this Spring, led by Elodie, one of the hotel’s housekeeping staff who makes her own cleaning and beauty products. All employees were encouraged to take part in a two day course dedicated to making an all natural liquid soap. More than twenty participants spent the first day preparing the soap mixture and the second day bottling it to take home. Staff members also talked about new applications available on smartphones that identify ingredients contained within beauty products that can help with making environmentally friendly purchases. The workshop was a resounding success with another one already planned entitled “How to make my own washing soap”.
In line with the hotel’s green strategy, Crowne Plaza Geneva also commenced regular Sustainability Meetings in the goods receiving area within the hotel. In the first meeting, all departmental heads and Green Team leaders met with the hotel’s waste recycling provider to discuss the topic of waste generation and different disposal methods used at the property. The next planned meeting will address what happens to waste once it leaves the premises and how recycling practices can be improved.