Sustainable Travel

The practice of sustainability is becoming more widely reviewed as the key to a successful hotel operation.  According to the latest research, more than 83% of global travelers think sustainable travel is essential.  In addition, according to a sustainability report, more than 73% of travelers are more than likely to select a hotel that has implanted sustainability practices. Of those surveyed, more than 61% said that the pandemic made them want to travel more sustainably in the future.  Additionally, more than 88% of consumers want hotel brands to help them improve their environmental and social footprint.  

Sustainable travel

These numbers show us that it is crucial for hotels to build a strategy and process around sustainability.  At the Four Points by Sheraton Norwood Hotel & Conference Center, we apply sustainable travel practices in our daily operation in all our departments.   As we move towards a more conscious and environmentally aware consumer profile, hotels must be able to adapt, offering our valued guests the opportunity to travel more sustainably.  

The pandemic has heightened environmental awareness and it is believed to have served as a means for change in patterns that could impact the environment for the long term.  

Below are some of the ways that the Four Points by Sheraton Norwood – Hotel & Conference Center participates in sustainable travel:  

Waste Reduction: The Four Points by Sheraton Norwood Hotel & Conference Center has implemented recycling programs, composting food waste, and using biodegradable products as much as possible.  By reducing waste and implementing recycling programs, we can save money on waste disposal fees and reduce the environmental impact.

Water conservation

Water Conservation:  Water conservation is another critical area.  At the Four Points by Sheraton Norwood, we have taken water saving measures.  For example, censored faucets in our Conference Center and Ballroom restrooms.  In our hotel operation we encourage guests to reuse towels and linens whenever possible.

Sustainable Food Practices: At the Four Points by Sheraton Norwood – Hotel & Conference Center, we source food locally and seasonally, reducing the environmental impact of transportation and supporting our local area farmers. 

By implementing these sustainable travel practices in energy and water consumption, waste reduction, sustainable food practices, and promoting sustainability to guests, we are becoming leaders in sustainable tourism and making a positive impact on the environment. We have found that by supporting sustainability it has been able to help by reducing the environmental impact, saving on overall costs, and appealing to our eco-conscious guests. Sustainability programs can improve the overall guest experience just as much as they are focused on reducing costs and environmental impact. 

The efficiency and sustainability of a hotel has a significant impact on guest’s comfort, sense of safety, perception, and their pride.  For example, poor light quality in meeting rooms, common areas and parking lots can raise safety concerns. Efficient lighting systems can fix this by improving light quality while using less energy at the same time.  

At the Four Points by Sheraton Norwood – Hotel & Conference Center, we collaborate with our team of associates, ownership, suppliers, business partners and our guests to actively reduce the environmental impact.  We are very proud to do our part in practicing the most sustainable hotel operation!