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It’s Gold again for Adnams Southwold Hotels!

By Jenny Knights, also posted in News on

Green Tourism Gold Award 2016In a recent Green Tourism Business Scheme re-grading, The Swan and The Crown Hotels in Southwold have both maintained their Gold status, with both properties improving their overall percentage score. To achieve the Green Tourism Gold standard, a business has to demonstrate: “ The highest standards of sustainability are being achieved with a strong and broad ethos and excellent examples throughout. The latest technologies will be employed from LED lighting through to efficient boilers and even renewable technologies. The business has efficient control of resource use and can demonstrate effective monitoring with targets for savings. Green procurement will include sustainable fish/meat sources, a range of ethical products and working with local suppliers to provide fresh, local and even organic items. Changes in working practices are leading to significant benefits to the business, community and supply chain.” A Nissan Leaf electric car at The Swan Hotel in Southwold where there's now a free electric car charge pointThe grade follows a rigorous inspection of both hotels, looking at our green initiatives both back and front of house, as well as our management of all things environmental. The auditor noted particular highlights which “include excellent use of local produce, electric car charge point, greater use of LED lights and excellent community and environmental involvement.” We were immensely proud to achieve Gold status three years ago, and we’re very proud to have not only maintained but improved our overall percentage score at both hotels in 2016. So many of the initiatives we are rated on - such as separating, food, glass, recyclable and general waste, using LEDs, using our own bottled water and sourcing local food - are so embedded in what we do every day that they have become just the way we do things. To find out more about Green Tourism, visit the website.    


Jenny Knights