In this episode, we talk to Clinton Farley, the General manager of The Hotel Britomart, New Zealand first five-star green hotel and his other role as non-executive director of Soap Aid, Australia, and New Zealand.
Some of the key questions we cover in the episode are:
- New build vs retrofit buildings, and the advantages with new-build hotels.
- Examples of feasible partnerships with local firms which are great for the planet, people and ROI (see in show notes for a list of examples)
- The need (or not) for the role of Chief Sustainability Officer?
- One of the biggest sustainability challenge for The Hotel Britomart, as Clinton identifies is packaging.
- Clinton leadership advice from his career and also as non-executive director of soap-aid
We close the episode, with a favourite quote of Clinton “Status Quo isn’t good enough for sustainability. Question everything”
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The rating of hotel’s 5 green star rating is provided by NZGBC (New Zealand Green Building Council) through Green Star. Green Star benchmarks projects against the nine Green Star categories of Management; Indoor Environment Quality; Energy; Transport; Water; Materials; Land Use & Ecology; Emissions and Innovation. Excelling in all these parameters is The Hotel Britomart, New Zealand’s First- and only Five-star Green Hotel.
- Compostable packaging room amenities: https://sansceuticals.com/
- Staff uniforms manufactured locally by Mavis and Osborne: https://www.mavisandosborn.com/