We’re excited to be relaunching our partnership with EcoStay, so that every night you spend with us in beautiful Banff helps give back to the environment. It’s a privilege to operate here in Canada’s first national park, surrounded by the wonders of nature. That’s why we’re constantly looking to improve our environmental performance and be part of the global movement to do better for the planet.
How does it work?
The EcoStay initiative is super simple. $2 is added to your room charge for every night you stay. A portion goes to the EcoStay Reforestation Project; a smaller amount stays with us, to support our on-site environmental goals. All of our guests are enrolled automatically, but you can opt out if you prefer not participate; just ask our Front Desk at check-in or check-out.
How does EcoStay use our donations?
With the contributions pooled from all participating hotels, EcoStay directly funds reforestation projects around the world. Planting trees offers multiple benefits: as well as offsetting carbon emissions, it can help restore habitat for at risk species and prevent soil erosion. This alone won’t solve the climate crisis, but it’s part of the puzzle. By working with local organizations, they ensure their planting programs benefit both the ecosystem and local communities. When you participate in our EcoStay program, you’ll also receive a special planting code, which allows you to name a tree in their virtual forest. Visit https://ecostayforest.ca to plant your tree, learn about the planting projects and share information with friends.
What is The Juniper doing to benefit the environment?
We have always aimed to build environmental performance into everything we do, but we’re continually striving to do better! Here are some of the areas we’re working on:
- Auditing our energy usage and developing strategies to bring our 1950’s heritage building to a net-zero standard.
- Food sourcing from local suppliers with high environmental standards, plus offering a greater range of plant-based options.
- Supporting the local ecosystem with native plant landscaping.
- Avoiding harmful chemicals in our cleaning products and supplies.
- Eliminating single-use items where possible.
- Providing complimentary shuttle service for guests in our hybrid vehicle.
- Connecting guests with alternative transportation options to experience Banff National Park without a personal vehicle.
- Offering charging points for electric vehicles; regular 110V plugins are currently available and we hope to offer an accelerated charger soon.
- Supporting species and habitat restoration initiatives, particularly those that incorporate indigenous knowledge and land stewardship.
- Sharing what we have learned with our guests, colleagues, and partners in hospitality.
As we plan how to deploy our resources in 2022 and beyond, we’d love to hear from our guests: which areas of environmental conservation are most important to you?