We are currently the only hotel in the world to have achieved a Platinum LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council, for our design and construction, as well as our operations and maintenance.
LEED is an internationally recognised green building rating and certification system. This system, developed by the USGBC (United States Green Building Council) and administered and audited by the GBCI (Green Building Certification Institute), provides independent third party verification that a building is sustainable. It is considered globally as the premier mark of accomplishment in green building.
Sustainable in this sense refers to a comprehensive list of factors. Including, but not limited to, energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 and other greenhouse and harmful gas emissions reduction, stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts, cleaning and alterations, sustainable purchasing policies, waste stream management, and on-going indoor environmental quality.
Green Star Existing Building Performance
We have a 6 star rating from the South African Green Building Council, which ensures our hotel is continually operated with stringent efficiency and sustainability targets.
In June 2015, we were awarded the highest accolade of a six star rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa for the Green Star SA Existing Buildings tool. This provided us with yet another third party verification of our status of world leadership in green building operation. We came on board as a pilot project (only hotel to be rated in South Africa) and co-operated with the GBCSA in order to assist in making the tool more applicable and accessible for various types of buildings, including hotels.
Fair Trade Tourism Certification
In April 2017, we became a Fair Trade Tourism certified business. The certification is a prestigious accolade for both Hotel Verde and tourism in South Africa, showing leadership in the rapidly growing responsible tourism market.
The Fair Trade certification brings new weight to Hotel Verde’s commitment to responsible tourism principles, verifying the sustainable practices of more than just the hotel’s design and building operations. The certification was audited extensively by KMPG and focused on aspects such as fair wages and working conditions, fair purchasing and operations, equitable distribution of benefits and respect for human rights, culture and the environment.
World’s Best City Hotel for Responsible Tourism
In November 2014, we were awarded the World Responsible Tourism Award for Best City Hotel at World Travel Market Landon. We were nominated by Cape Town Tourism in recognition of our preservation of, respect for and benefit to the City of Cape Town and its local community.
The Responsible Tourism Awards were founded in 2004 to recognise and encourage change in the tourism industry. In its 11th year, this event has grown to be the largest and most respected Responsible Tourism Award in the world. The principle behind the awards is that all types of tourism, from specialised to conventional, should be organised in a way that preserves, respects and benefits destinations and local people.
Consequently, General Manager, Samantha Annandale was invited to speak about Hotel Verde as a model for responsible tourism at the 13th annual Responsible Tourism Conference held in Cape Town in 2015. Marketing Manager Sarah Farrell also presented the hotel as a business case for carbon efficiency at the responsible tourism sessions at WTM London 2015. Watch the video here.
The Responsible Tourism conference gala event was also held at Hotel Verde whilst many of the responsible tourism delegates stayed at the hotel during their visit to Cape Town.
In addition, Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom organised for United Nation World Tourism Organisation Secretary-General, Dr. Taleb Rifai, and President and CEO of World Travel and Tourism Council, David Scowsill, to attend a site inspection at the hotel during their visit to South Africa to deliberate with government and public sector stakeholders around the topics of responsible and sustainable tourism growth.
In March 2014 we won the company Trendsetter Award at the INTERNORGA Trade Show, in Hamburg, Germany. This annual award goes to a company that demonstrates with “great intuition, innovation, courage and passion - how business practices and sustainable management can work together for optimal results.”
INTERNORGA is the leading European trade fair for the Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Baking and Confectionery industries. The trade show has been going since 1921 and currently presents over 1,200 exhibitors from Europe and abroad, showcasing innovations, trends and solutions for the entire service and catering market.
The award criteria included the use of sustainable technologies, which conserve resources and energy, use of raw materials from ecological production and fair trade, a high degree of transparency in manufacturing methods, and outstanding socially responsible actions. Hotel Verde ticked all the boxes, outshining over 100 contenders from hotels, restaurants, caterers, institutional caterers to bakeries.