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Environmental Initiatives

With a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility, the InterContinental® Toronto Centre continually strives to further reduce our impact on the environment. The information listed below highlights our successes to date. A Green Engage Team with members from all departments of the hotel meets and coordinates the hotel's environmental initiatives on a regular basis.

Energy Effeciency

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  • Office machines have automatic standby and sleep modes
  • After hours nightly walk through of administrative areas to ensure all lights are off
  • Energy efficient lighting has been installed throughout the hotel (guestrooms, public areas and back of house)
  • Floor shutdowns on low occupancy dates
  • Exterior hotel signage has been changed to low voltage LED

Water Effeciency

  • All guestrooms have low flow shower-heads and energy efficient toilets and faucets
  • All public washrooms have automatic flushers and hands free faucets
  • Cold water laundry is utilized where appropriate

Resource Conservation

  • Old lines and towels are reused as cleaning rags
  • Administrative areas recycle all paper products and strive to reduce the amount of printing
  • Conservation for Tomorrow Program & Option Towel Program are in place in guestrooms (guests have the
  • option of daily linen and/or changes)
  • Blue bins are located in all 586 guestrooms and meeting rooms
  • All batteries, air-conditioning filters, printer cartridges and light bulbs are recycled
  • Electronic reader boards are in place
  • A rainwater conservation program is in place for the herb garden terrace
  • Exterior plants are chosen for their minimum water requirements
  • State of the art "food digester" is used for compostable food products which lessens materials being sent offsite
  • Leftover shampoo and toiletry items are donated to a charitable organization

Pollution Prevention

  • Practise waste management to increase our diversion rate
  • Yearly staff training on hazardous materials labelling and handling, including MSDS for all chemicals
  • Emergency Response Plan is in place
  • Spill clean-up kits and safety equipment are available throughout hotel
  • Separate ventilation systems for pool, laundry and chemical storage areas
  • Pool and jacuzzi water has been converted from chlorine to naturally occurring chlorine through salt
  • Toxic free cleaning products are used
  • Non disposable cups, plates, glasses and cloth napkins are used in the restaurant and banquet areas

Sustainability Committment

  • Hotel has its own herb garden with rainwater harvesting system
  • Hotel is committed to purchasing locally grown produce and ingredients
  • FSC certified materials are used
  • Azure Restaurant & Bar supports sustainable produce
  • Energy Star qualified electrical equipment is in place
  • Hotel is working with vendors who have their own environmental program in their workplace and ensures
  • Maximum compliance.
  • Green Key Eco-Rating Program - 4 Key Certified
  • Hotel Environmental Program is mandated by IHG for all hotels to be compliant by 2014
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