The Westin is an industry-leading hotel chain with programs and amenities focused on health and well-being. They strive to give guests the best, so that they can eat, sleep, move, work and play well while ‘on the road.’
The Westin Ottawa, a four-star-hotel in Ottawa’s downtown core, has partnered with FRC, pledging to plant one tree for each guest that foregoes laundry services during their stay.
The Westin Ottawa has been a valued FRC partner since 2015, combining the goals of energy conservation and forest restoration through a unique pledge.
“We decided to partner with Forest Recovery Canada and give our guests the option of planting a tree,” says Brian O’Flaherty, Director of Guest Services. For each guest that forgoes laundry services, one tree is planted.
Each month, the hotel provides a tally of guests who opted out of housekeeping services, and pledges support to Forest Recovery Canada for the equivalent number of trees to be planted. To date, the program has planted more than 5,000 trees (8 acres). These trees offer carbon sequestration capacity of 20.8 tons per year.