M LH has pledged to drive Green Initiatives in its day to day Operation and thereby contribute towards saving the planet for years to come.
MLH understands that our operation has an impact on the local, regional and global environment. With this in mind MLH has committed to practice the 4 R`S – Refuse, Reuse, Reduce, Recycle.
The five committees driving the green Project, namely Energy Management, Water Management, Waste Management, Procument Management, and Community Development are dedicated towards the cause and will make every effort to reach their targets.
Our aim is to operate an environment friendly Hotel, Protecting our beach, the sea, our environment, our community, our team & our guests by reducing any harmful effects on the Planet.
To ensure that the entire MLH Team contributes to this cause, each Team member is assigned to one of the five committees, at the time of recruitment. Thereby from the 1st day, the Team Member is involved in the Green Project & contributes towards it Success.
Mount Lavinia Hotel will reduce the energy usage by introducing new technology and energy saving equipments.
To reduce energy usage at Mount Lavinia Hotel by 5% by end of the financial year
Introduce New Technology and Energy saving equipment, Campaigning on energy saving and conducting classes amongst team members.
Amount of KWH, Volume of diesel, petrol and LPG purchased by Mount Lavinia Hotel
Mount Lavinia Hotel will reduce the Water usage by introducing new technology and water saving equipment.
To reduce Water usage by Mount Lavinia Hotel by 3% by end of the financial year and Earth charging 90% of rain water by year 2015
Introduce New Technology and Water saving equipment, Campaigning on Water saving and conducting classes among team members. Maintaining the watering of the garden only after dark.
Number of water liters purchased by Mount Lavinia Hotel
Mount Lavinia Hotel will reduce the amount of waste generated by Reducing, repairing, reusing and recycling.
To reduce Waste generated by Mount Lavinia Hotel by 5% by end financial year
Reduce consumption of materials, campaigning on wastage and conducting classes among team members.
Amount of waste collected by the municipality and recycling company.
Mount Lavinia Hotel will increase the local purchases by arranging the supply chain with environment friendly suppliers. Go for bulk purchases.
Purchasing only bio degradable chemicals and polythene. Purchase 90% of local items and 95% of recycled items by 2015.
Introduce new environment friendly local suppliers, conducting market surveys.
Amount of local items and recycled items purchased by Mount Lavinia Hotel
Mount Lavinia Hotel will increase the commitment of the local community towards a greener environment by implementing awareness programs.
Improve knowledge, ability and awareness of local community
Organizing programs such as tree planting, Earth hour, blood donations, Medical camps including Eye testing, seminars for team members, children and adults. Also art and debating contest among school children relating to environment protection topics
Amount of participants at these programs.
As the largest environmental event in history, Earth Hour asked people and communities around the world to switch off their lights for one hour as a silent but powerful statement about the effects of human-accelerated climate change. Last year, more than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour, and thousands of individuals took advantage of the opportunity to go "Beyond The Hour" to change their energy consumption habits for good. MLH who have been active in their green initiatives have taken the Earth Hour celebrations which beyond the idea of it being a trend.
"WE at MLH have celebrated it three years running and the only way Earth Hour can make a real difference is to recognize and celebrate the fact that this is the greatest time to be alive, and to illuminate global climate change," stated Mr Anura Dewapura, General Manager of MLH and the initiator of the Slow Food Chapter in Sri Lanka. "We went beyond the hour and made it an evening mixed with responsibility, sustainability and a celebration of nature in its purest form." 30th Slow Food Night at MLH was held as a celebration to the significant hour of need and emphasized that it is more than just switching off the lights for an hour. Slow Food is the world's largest single campaign in support of planet earth.
The 30th Slow Food Dinner showed off with Chef Riccardo from Vakarufalhi doing the honours of presenting the menu by candlelight. All featured menu items were ingredients that are local and seasonal. This was a truly great event and an elegant way to spend Earth Hour.
Environmentally responsible, sustainable or "green" procurement committee select products and services that minimize environmental impacts and maximize the 4Rs – reduce, recycle, reuse and recovery.
If waste is produced, every effort should be made to reuse it.
Recycling should only be considered for waste which cannot be reduced or reused.
Recover materials or energy from waste which cannot be reduced, reused or recycled.
Compost plant – garden refuse, outlet waste particularly organic are composted in our compound and used for all our gardens.
Bio-degradable pesticides – We manufacture our own biocides by using left over soap from guest rooms and ‘kohomba’ (Margosa or Neem) oil; The oil has a medicinal value. It is used to make herbal oil. The speed is valuable as an insecticide too. The green leaves are insect resistant.
‘Global No-Pesticides Use Day’ – This day was observed on 3rd December 2009 and the use of bio degradable pesticides and organic fertilizer in the Hotel gardens was launched on this date. Media publicity was also given for this event
We have obtained ‘Bio-degradable Certification’ in respect of all chemicals used in Laundry, Housekeeping, Food & Beverage and Kitchen.
Instructions have been given to the general office staff on the re-use of box files, photocopy paper, used paper and old documents.
Empty jam jars and glass bottles, laundry chemical cans, canisters and flagons are re-sold for re-filling.
Polythene bottles, bags and papers are sold to recycling plant.
Cardboard boxes and containers are re-sold to paper re-cycling plant.
Cost saving mechanism - Bulk quantities are purchased as much as possible particularly on Kitchen and Food and Beverage supplies.
Stores helpers and assistants have been trained in the proper use of equipment and chemicals. This is in order to obtain maximum benefit from equipment and chemicals.
Change guest amenities to use bio-degradable and eco-friendly products.
Re-cycled paper to be used in guest rooms.
“Green Month is an opportunity for all Sri Lankans to take a positive and active role in helping protect our environment. By planting native trees and shrubs, we can help to combat climate change, provide food and shelter for our wildlife and beautify our surrounding,“ states Mr Anura Dewapura, General Manager Mount Lavinia Hotel.
Mount Lavinia Hotel‘s commitment to the environment by undertaking five aspects that will be assessed towards Certification in the future, is right on schedule. The hotel will be assessed according to performance criteria that will guarantee, among other things, better waste management, less air pollution, noise control, energy and water consumption control.
Celebrating the National Tree Planting Day along with Nilla Piruna Ratak programme under the Mahinda Chintana at the Mount Lavinia Hotel is indeed a logical fit given to its ongoing “GOING GREEN” commitment to working for the environment.
The main aim of the Green Month is to inspire, educate and recruit many to actively care for our unique land and create future generations of committed environmental custodians. And the objective behind Mount Lavinia Hotel’s initiative to plant coconut seedlings is to use species that are best suited to local conditions, since native plants use far less water than exotic species, in addition they help restore the natural character of an area, and finally they provide food and shelter for local native wildlife.
Since December 3rd has been designated the Global “No Pesticides Use Day” to commemorate what many consider the worst chemical disaster in the history of humankind–Bhopal. The date was chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the chemical disaster in Bhopal, India, which occurred 3 December, 1984, and killed hundreds and injured thousands of people. And indeed the day aims to draw attention to the life threatening impacts of chemical pesticides on people and the environment.
Mount Lavinia Hotel’s Green initiatives main mission is to offer tangible ideas to be actively shaping the environment that they live in, and commemorating a day as such is one of their pledges to a better tomorrow.
The General Manager of the hotel states, “We passionately reject the presence of pesticides in our property they are in no way contributing to improving the quality of life of our people.”
To commemorate the day Mount Lavinia Hotel launched their compost manufacturing unit in the property along with the afternoon spent in using biocides on plants which replaces harmful pesticides, weedicides and fungicides in the premises and environment of the property.