Intercontinental, The Clement Monterey is a 208 room hotel in Monterey located at 750 Cannery Row that opened in the Spring of 2008 and has been a green business since 2009. From January to July of 2016, they have had 38,000 visitors, and diverted 44,500 pounds of compost, 36,500 lbs of mixed recyclables plus 13,500 lbs of cardboard. Due to their extensive commitment to environmental protection, we took a moment to chat with Richard Julian, the Purchasing Manager at the hotel, to discuss a bit about what being a Green Business (GB) means to them.
Q: Why did you become a GB?
A: Well, first and foremost it’s the right thing to do. Our owners wanted to implement this program right at the beginning of opening of the hotel, which was back in 2008. We were one of three hotels that had implemented this opportunity in the city of Monterey.
Q: How has being a GB benefited your business?
A: We as a hotel have a greater appreciation and knowledge of being an environmental property and our Staff have also benefited in their own personal ways. Over time our financial statements have shown greater savings as we have implemented these new ways. In addition our County and the State of California have also gained from these challenges.
Q: What is the most challenging part of being a GB?
A: Being consistent as new employees come on board, training is the key factor. Monitoring the program to make sure it goes in the right direction.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of being a GB?
A: Knowing that we do make a difference by having this program in place. The fact that we separate the cardboard; paper products; cans and plastic from the trash which doesn’t get to the landfill, makes our team here at the hotel very pleased. When our guests see that we take the time to separate and try to reduce our waste, or if we are trying to reduce our water consumption, guests do notice and many appreciate it, especially the Californians.
Q: What advice would you give to other businesses that are considering becoming a GB?
A: Work with your local waste hauler, as well as the local water & electrical companies to see what actions can be done. Then, institute a group in your business as the Environmental Team or group to assist the business to implement and record the changes.
Q: Anything else you would like to share?
A: Be sure that you have support from your upper management and owners as they encourage the team to find better ways to save energy and hopefully see a financial difference.
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