Sustainable Business Office @ West Gorordo Hotel

10637751_10202957628290165_849215972_n

Sustainable Business Office

Our business office
is as permaculture-inspired
and eco-friendly as our hotel.

Here are some of the eco-friendly
practices at our business office:
Because we are a no-frills hotel,
we remain faithful
to our sustainable purchasing policy
by cutting down on unnecessary purchases
and avoiding over-specifying
of product requirements,
patronizing small,
local family businesses,
minimizing the purchase
of imported products
(to lessen the burning of fossil fuels)
and steering away from aerosol
and toxic products.

What we do to reduce waste of energy:
maximize use of natural daylighting,
use of task lighting,
use of green (plants) cladding
to reduce penetration of direct heat,
share a common printer,
use of micro-cars (Smart car)
as management service vehicles.

Here are our re-use practices
at the office:
re-using papers
and printing on both sides of the page,
using dot matrix printers
with refillable ribbon ink cartridge,
using newsprint or recycled paper
for non-archival documents,
prolonging the life of office fixtures
and those that need to be released
like old furniture, computers and equipment
are donated to charitable institutions.

Discarded documents
that cannot be reused for printing
are utilized to make compost or landfill.
Purchasing products and services
from small local family businesses
in order to support the local community economy.

Thank you for your continued patronage
and partnering with us
in our endeavor to lead a business
that yields abundantly
while also responsibly
caring for the earth, the people and the future.

Advertisements

Sustainable Guestrooms at West Gorordo Hotel

 32

What we do:

TRANSITION MODEL: REFUSE

Listed among the items

we have banned from our hotel include:

single-use throw-away plastic products,

unnecessary lighting, useless packaging,

unnecessary amenities and facilities.

We only provide bulk bathroom tissue

and the basic naked soap.

What you can do:

Set aside soap you don’t wish to use.

Do not waste toilet paper

(clogs the toilet and sewage system),

do not use toilet paper as a sink plug..

What we do:

TRANSITION MODEL: REUSE

We aim to use items in a way

that extends or repeats the service cycle

without loss of quality:

drinking glasses, change of linen

and towels only upon request.

For long staying guest, linens

and towels are changed every 3 days.

What you can do:

Hang your towel so you can reuse them.

Keep your towels and sheets clean.

Do not use them to wipe off make-up,

clean shoes or wipe the floor.

If you have highlighted or dyed hair,

please use your personal fabric over the pillowcase.

Remember it requires millions of gallons of water

and tons of bleaching chemicals

to keep your towels and sheets white.

Request a towel or linen change only when necessary.

What we do:

TRANSITION MODEL: RECYCLE

Among our practices to realize this objective

include: recycling construction materials into homemade furniture,

garbage sorting at guestrooms, donating used linens and furniture

to charitable institutions,

composting food waste into organic fertilizer,

selling collected plastic bottles and cans

with the proceeds directed to our CSR outreach programs.

What you can do:

Cooperate with our garbage sorting system

by putting your garbage in the appropriate bin:

biodegradable, non-biodegradable or residuals.

If upon checking out,

you have an item you don’t need any more

and don’t want to take with you,

don’t throw it out…donate it!

Items collected will be donated

to our CSR Outreach Partners.

Donate your clothes,

magazines, books and personal belongings.

Many guests have participated in this program.

What we do:

TRANSITION MODEL: REDUCE

Here are our water and electricity

waste reduction measures:

guestroom main power key switch,

energy-efficient appliances,

100% LED Lighting (low emitting diodes),

task lighting, small tank toilets,

faucet aerators, sensor lighting,

heat pump, lower heater temperature.

Here are some of our energy saving practices:

replacement of inefficient appliances,

regular maintenance of equipment & appliances,

routine water audit and leak detection.

What you can do:

Here are ways in which you can help us

reduce energy use:

Use the stairs instead

of the elevator, (will improve your health),

do not smoke or eat in your room

(extra cleaning means extra energy use and use of pesticides),

remove the key switch when leaving the room,

do not tamper with the key switch,

turn- off appliances when not in use,

take shorter showers, turn off the tap while brushing

your teeth, shaving, or washing your face,

report malfunctioning equipment, leaking faucets and toilet.

All together,

our goal is to minimize our damaging effect

on the environment and

help RESTORE the earth

for our own good.

We are glad to have you onboard and thank you for your cooperation.

Enjoy your earth-friendly stay with us!

Natural Cooling & Ventilation @ West Gorordo Hotel

35

Natural Cooling & Ventilation @ West Gorordo Hotel

So hot? No A/C…
Yes,
At West Gorordo Hotel,
we dare not to have A/C
in our common areas…
Believe it or not…
we are doing YOU
and the ENVIRONMENT
a GREAT FAVOR!

As part of our low carbon initiative,
we have chosen not to have air conditioning
at the lobby and common areas,
but instead we use a natural ventilation
and cooling system
without the use of mechanical devices.

The non-use of A/C
has also some health benefits
related to the prevention
of the transmission
of pulmonary airborne diseases.

Cross ventilation,

together with temperature differences
generate a gentle breeze
that flows through our corridors and common areas.

34

A clerestory
over the front office
allow light and fresh air
to flow through the inner spaces,
in conjunction with large openings
around the building.
The often shaded areas
at the side of the building
acts as a wind tunnel
that cools the air
before it reaches the lobby
and the common areas.

NO A/C = Less Use of Energy (Fossil Fuel)
+ Prevention of Airbone Diseases Low Carbon Footprint
= Cimate Change Mitigation

(actions that decrease the potential effects of global warming)

Trellis & Living Canopy @ West Gorordo Hotel

23

Ever wonder
if we have some unfinished construction work
at the side entrance of West Gorordo Hotel?

Nice guess, but try again.
We are preparing the trellis
for edible plants
to sprawl.

We are now on the way to growing our own food.
As we cultivate plants
that can provide shade and cooling,
we are also looking forward
to their edible produce
such as passion fruit, gourds and beans.

Slowly but surely the vines and various climbing plants
are now making their way around the building.
The emerging canopy
also provides habitat areas
for birds and insects
that strengthen the evolving eco-system;
while generating a pleasing
and relaxing sight in the middle of the city.

Climbing plants are an evolutionary success.
Given that nature does not provide equal conditions,
seeds that fell on minimally fertile soil
had to adapt or perish.
They evolved
and flourished by using various techniques:
tendrils, thorns, anchoring on supportive poles
-of climbing towards the light.

This is how vines or climbing plants came to be.

Like the vines,
we must believe
that even under the most difficult
and impoverished conditions,
we possess within us the ability,
creativity
and resilience
to thrive and flourish.

To vines,
following the light comes naturally,
to humans
– a choice to be made,
deliberately!