Green & Grand
Being Green and Grand means we are always striving to minimise our carbon footprint whilst at the same time continuing to provide exceptional levels of service paired with outstanding hotel and event facilities.
We aspire to achieve continuous improvement in our environmental performance, trying to lead the way locally, playing an integral role in protecting our environment now and into the future.
The environment requires consideration in virtually all of our activities and we incorporate environmental management into everyday business. Our team seek the highest standard of excellence in environmental practice without compromising our excellent service to our customers.
In December 2015, we were delighted to be awarded Gold status by the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) for the second time. This status we will hold until 2017. Green Tourism is the largest sustainable certification programme of its kind and we very proudly sit as one of only 5 businesses in East Sussex to hold this accreditation.
This achievement was thanks to the good work of our very own Green Team whose mission has been to lead and support the implementation of green practices throughout the hotel to make daily operations more environmentally-friendly, without compromising on guest comfort.
Our Green Commandments
We are continually working to understand the environmental issues that can be associated with all our operations. Below are some examples of the actions we are now taking for the future:
- Incorporate environmental awareness as part of our staff training and ensure everyone is involved with its implementation.
- Create a dedicated Green Team with clear objectives, represented by all departments.
- Work with our suppliers to increase usage of environmentally friendly products and supplies.
- Purchase recycled goods where possible and recycle paper, plastics, cardboard and glass.
- Recycle or re-use old furniture by donating that which is in good condition to charities or organisations where these products can be re-used.
- Rigorously promote energy conservation and reduce energy consumption through controls on water, heating and electrical systems.
- Provide responsible disposal options such as grey water in and around our buildings for use within plant borders, re-processing used vegetable oil and encouraging the use of bio-fuels.
- Install energy saving features during refurbishments, such as motion detectors, dimmers and low energy lighting wherever feasible.
- Implement an energy monitoring and reporting system to enable us to establish the true cost of running our facilities and set energy reducing targets.
- Reduce the impact of paper usage by increasing our use of online transmissions and electronic data collection.
- Adopt an environmentally sound transport strategy, encouraging the use of bikes, car share, shared taxis for staff & public transport for our guests.
- Share our environmental expectations with our suppliers, partners, contractors and customers and encourage them to adopt sound environmental and sustainable practices, such as reducing the amount of packaging and consolidating deliveries.
- Responsibly source food products and ingredients following seasonal trends and sourcing locally whenever possible to reduce food miles and support the local community.
- Monitoring and review our environmental performance on an ongoing basis.
Corporate Social Responsibility Commitment
The Grand is committed to creating, in partnership with its owners, team members, guests and local communities, a socially responsible environment in which we operate.
We are committed to complying with all relevant environmental legislation and endeavour to reduce our environmental impact through the implementation and development of our Corporate Social Responsibility Commitment and Green Policy.
We are delighted to have been recognised as GOLD level standard by the Green Tourism Business Scheme and align this commitment to all areas of our business strategy.
The GTBS award recognises places to stay and visit that are taking action to support the local area and the wider environment. It’s the largest sustainable scheme to operate globally and assesses hundreds of fantastic places to stay and visit in Britain. Businesses are assessed regularly on areas including Management and Marketing, Social Involvement and Communication, Energy, Water, Purchasing, Waste, Travel, Natural and Cultural Heritage and Innovation and are then awarded a Gold, Silver or Bronze status.
At The Grand, we believe in the need to constantly review, monitor, and adapt our ways of working to ensure we continue to strive to meet our Corporate Social Responsibilities.
Read our full corporate social responsibility commitment.
The Green Team
Our Green Team are commited to leading and supporting the implementation of green practices throughout the hotel to make daily operations more eco-friendly. They also work with local partners and charities to offer a combined approach to supporting green and social initiatives in Brighton.
The team comprises volunteers from each department of all levels - including Senior Management and team members. The volunteers review and evaluate sustainable initiatives, from recycling and water-saving to product-sourcing, community projects and energy saving initiatives.
A Green & Grand Stay
We are working to make our hotel more eco-friendly, but we need your help. We can all reduce our impact on the environment by making choices. As a Grand guest you have a very important role to play in helping us to conserve our natural assets and become a more sustainable destination. Here are our recommended tips on how you can help.
If a light is left on overnight, within a year it accounts for as much greenhouse gas as a car journey from Paris to Brighton. So help to reduce energy by switching off your room lights when not needed.
Give the car a rest
Why not try some of the fantastic local activities Brighton has to offer, or hire a bicycle for the day? Our Concierge team will be happy to provide more information.
Use local products, they give you a flavour of the area and help support our local community. We are fortunate to have some fantastic producers of food, drink and arts in Brighton and Sussex. Ask us about the local produce or drinks we provide here at the hotel.
Be Water Wise
6 litres of water is wasted per minute if the tap is left running whilst brushing your teeth. The UK has rising costs for water treatments and flood defences, so we encourage you to be water wise.
Help us to look after the landscape and local wildlife by not littering, guarding against fire and using footpaths and cycle paths responsibly.
Support Green Businesses
There are thousands of businesses in the British Isles working to reduce their carbon footprint through the Green Tourism Business Scheme. Businesses are awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold for their efforts to be more sustainable.
Read about the local community projects we are proud to support:
The Starr Trust - Starr Pioneers
We have proudly supported the Starr Pioneers project which is a unique partnership between a school, a business and a charity run by the Starr Trust. Designed to develop Social Entrepreneurship in young people, participants learn important employment skills by creating a project to support and get to know other young people in developing countries.
Our dedicated team of Grand mentors have been working closely with local school BACA this year to help develop their entrepreneurship skills by sharing our knowledge and skills of business. With our guidance, the children have formed their own enterprising businesses where funds generated have gone towards supporting children's charities in communities in need around the globe.
Read more about the Starr Trust
The Magic Garden
Funded by the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership, our Green Team have regularly supported the Magic Garden Community Allotment in Hollingdean.
The Magic Garden aims to enable families with disabled children to meet, dig, plant and share together. They provide a safe and supportive environment for this group and a destination that understands the needs of families with disabled children and provides activity which is fun, therapeutic and gives a sense of achievement and well-being.
The team most recently cleared an area that will form a wonderful space for a sensory garden for children and their families to enjoy.
Read more about the Magic Garden Community Allotment
Supporting those in need
We are dedicated in supporting charities that need our help, making a difference to the lives of people living in Sussex and beyond.
Read about the charities that we are extremely proud to support:
Drop4Drop & Life Water
By stocking Life Water bottled water in all our guest bedrooms we are supporting a fantastic charity based in Hove called Drop4Drop. Every bottle of Life Water consumed funds the delivery of 1000 litres of water to communities in need. The bottles are 100% recyclable, 100% carbon neutral, bottled in a factory powered by wind and solar energy and never exported outside of the UK.
By working with this fantastic charity, we are striving to help alleviate the world water crisis by sponsoring a well in Uganda, supplying clean running water to an entire community in need. By continuing to stock Life Water throughout the hotel, the Grand's 1st clean drinking water bore-well is now complete! The Nsambya 3 community of 315 people in the Mpigi District, Uganda now have immediate access to safe, clean drinking water improving their prospects of a brighter future.
Find out more about Drop4Drop
Rockinghorse Children's Charity
We are extremely proud to support Rockinghorse, a Brighton-based charity which has been supporting children for over 45 years. It was set up in 1967 by Dr Trevor Mann, who recognised there was a real need for additional resources to improve healthcare services for sick children and babies. They are the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and also support the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU), where we raise money for life-saving and cutting-edge medical equipment, while ensuring that children are treated in an environment that is better suited to their needs.
The team get involved in many fun, educational and active fundraising events organised by the charity, as well as running our own events throughout the year. Through sponsored skydives, bake sales, auctions and raffles, last year we raised over £5,000 for this fantastic Brighton based charity and our efforts continue.
Read more about Rockinghorse