On 21 and 22 April 2013, management and staff of Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen embarked on 12 acts of green to commemorate Earth Day. This collective effort was aimed to spread the message of adopting environmentally friendly practices in our daily lives, amongst colleagues and the local community.
“Everybody knows that they can take greener strides for bluer skies . However, they may not know where to begin,” said Nicholas Smith, Resident Manager at Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen “I hope that with our 12 acts of green, we will bring some practical tips and influence our community topreserve the environment.”
In a tribute to the icon of China’s culture in the 1980’s, the hotel purchased 12 bicycles that were used in the hotel’s series of environment friendly activities. The bicycles served as a carbon-free mode of transportation and in several other innovatively meaningful ways.
To kick start the series of events on Earth Day, 12 staff cycled approximately 20 kilometers to work from their dormitory. The mechanical power of the pedal was applied in a creative manner as two bicycles were used to operate blenders to make smoothies. The pedal powered smoothies are available to the public at the hotel lobby and Kerry Plaza.
The activities for the day were culminated in a Carbon Neutral Cocktail Party where guests were invited to take an Earth Day pledge to practice green habits. The main highlight of the party was the use of power generated by cycling a bicycle to light up an Earth Day inspired floral centerpiece. Designed to honour Earth day, the centerpiece featured mostly recycled materials such as magazine pages, shampoo bottles and drink cans.
As part of the series of activities, 50 participants from the hotelcombed and cleaned the beach at Shenzhen Bay at on 21 April, 2013 starting from 8:30a.m. To raise awareness on the importance of recycling, hotel staff gave away one-of-a-kind hand-painted reusable bags to the public.
Energy savings were made by switching off non-essential lighting, including the façade lighting and dimming interior lights. Guests were also invited to participate by turning off the lights in their guestrooms and unplugging electronics that were not in use.
The seeds of a herb garden were sowed as the staff prepared the soil beds and planted a herb garden in the hotel. To lower the carbon footprint of meals served, the staff cafeteria prepared only vegetarian meals during the day. Hotel staff were encouraged to commit to green practices in their daily lives for a year by signing on a pledge wall.
Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen’s 12 Green Initiatives for Earth Day 2013
- Creation and distribution of hand painted reusable bags
- Beach cleaning at Shenzhen Bay
- Cycle to work from the dormitory
- Smoothies made from pedal powered blenders
- Floral centerpiece made from mostly recycled materials
- Using recycled linen to create T shirts
- Employees pledge for a year of green living
- Operate on minimal power and lighting
- Vegetarian day
- Planting a herb garden
- Carbon neutral cocktail party
- Donation of bicycles to children
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts remains committed to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner while balancing the interests of diverse stakeholders. In striving to be a leader in corporate citizenship and sustainable development, a corporate-level CSR Committee drives the company’s initiatives in the strategic areas of stakeholder relations, environment, health and safety, supply chain and employees. Under the umbrella of sustainability, Shangri-La’s social responsibility programme consists of the two elements of “embrace” and “sanctuary.” Embrace focuses on Shangri-La’s Caring People Project, which aims to promote the highest level of education and health support in underprivileged communities. In sanctuary, the programme concentrates on Shangri-La’s Care for Nature Project, which promotes the conservation and restoration of biodiversity.
For more information, please access the CSR section on www.shangri-la.com