Top 5 Things You Can Do To Reduce Global Warming !

By Aldrina Fernandes
Environment Officer, Meluha – The Fern

Global warming is the increase in the overall temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere. This phenomenon has largely been attributed to the rise in green house gas emissions. India’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions rose by 58 per cent between 1994 and 2007 with the Energy sector contributing over half of the emissions-Ministry of Environment and Forests report.
According to the draft of the UN report to be released later this month in Japan: Global warming will reduce the world’s crop production by upto two percent every decade and wreak $1.45 trillion of economic damage by the end of this century. Read more

Global temperatures are predicted to increase alarmingly and result in critical climatic changes, some of which we’ve already begun to witness. So it’s high time, we recognise the gravity of the situation at hand and reduce our individual carbon footprints.

We, at Meluha The Fern are sharing our pathway to a low-carbon nirvana with you- a few practical steps to cut carbon. Take these steps one by one and you could slash your bills while curbing carbon dioxide emissions: Where you save money, you’ll be also saving the planet.

Let there be light…
Before you reach for the light switch, Open the curtains. Natural light is the best source of illumination. Its healthy and free too.
Our lighting choices can significantly save us several watts of energy. Choose Light emitting diodes (LED) or Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) over Incandescent lamps to substantially reduce your energy consumption.
Natural lighting in the Lobby at Meluha-The Fern

Vampire energy guzzlers..
Our homes are overflowing with electronic equipment, almost all of which will have a standby or sleep mode. These devices ranging from our cellphone chargers, televisions, gaming consoles, DVD players, set top boxes etc. are ‘power vampires’. They guzzle energy even when they’re turned off. Simply unplug or turn the main socket off to slay these vampires.

Making life easier?
Coffee maker, sandwich maker, mixer, grinder, juicer, hair dryer, hair straightener, hair curler, etc. …. All make our lives easier don’t they? But let’s ask ourselves do we actually need so many electronic devices?…Can we do without it?

Chill out!
Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Each minute a fridge door is open it takes around 3 energy hungry minutes for it to cool it down again. Also do not put hot food into a refrigerator since it leads to energy loss.

Look at the sun
Harness the power of the Sun by choosing to use solar-powered technology. Eg. Solar power banks, solar lighting, solar heaters,solar cooker, solar panels etc.

We’d be most glad to hear about your illuminating ideas of cutting carbon. So hit the button below to leave a comment.

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Manasarovar The Fern, Hyderabad

Employee Environmental Education

 Luxury Hotel in Hyderabad, hotel in Hyderabad, 5 star hotel in Hyderabad  

“Someone needs to tell people that you cannot have infinite growth on a finite planet”, says British writer and environmentalist Jonathon Porritt who was in India recently with his latest book titled, The World We Made, which was released in October this year.

This is exactly what Manasarovar The Fern, the Luxury Hotel in Hyderabad aims at through its proactive Green Team and its very active Employee Environmental education programme. Led by the Green Team, ‘environment sensitization’ has become a significant part of the training programme.

Employee Education

The skills of employees are fundamental to the success of a business. Business and employees have a shared interest in increasing skill levels. For the business, it helps with their

aim to increase performance, and for the employee to manage their own

futures by taking charge of their own learning.

The Fern Hotels and Resorts believe that Employee education is the most important aspect in establishing and maintaining our ‘green’ objectives. In order to ensure the committed participation of the staff, the 5star Hotel in Hyderabd, Manasarovar The Fern has a ‘green team’ headed by an Environment Officer who is responsible for training, conducting refresher courses, solving ‘green’ problems and generally creating and keeping alive an awareness of the environment.Induction of new employee takes place for environment and they are trained within the department to maintain higher efficiency of all equipment and to save energy and water by continuously monitoring the preventive maintenance. An Eco test is conducted r every six months after the joining date of an employee.

At Manasarovar the Fern, 5 star hotel in Hyderabad   this special group of people, called  The Green Team, all volunteers from the staff body, is the driving force behind its environment initiatives. The team initiates and monitors all environment initiatives done in-house. The Green Team empowers the staff far beyond the property’s set-up. Professional hierarchy is also set-aside in this unique team. The success of the Green Team can be gauged from the guests and staff members who have taken our green message in to their own lives and personal groups.

 

5 star hotel in Hyderabad ,Manasarovar The Fern is aware of the impact it has on its environment and its people, both internal – staff and guests – as well outside, on the community. The luxury Hotel in Hyderabad , Manasarovar The Fern property is an active member in its locality. Community initiatives, often led by the Green Team, range from working alongside local administrators and residents in planning infrastructure projects to outreach projects in schools and cleanliness drives.

Working with the community allows the team to learn new skills while sharing its knowledge in exchange. These participative initiatives always lead to better results for the community. Led by the general manager, this luxury Hotel in Hyderabad shares green tips and initiatives and welcomes experiences of green travel and practices from its guests.

Each member of The Fern family, from the Chairman to the entire staff body, takes a pledge to adhere to and further the commitment to the environment.

“Being a team member of an environment sensitive group, I pledge to protect and enhance the environment including all its resources by encouraging and implementing the concepts of reduce, reuse and recycle. I will manage my share of resources with maximum efficiency. I pledge to form an educated opinion and to make responsible choices. I pledge to make a difference.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abroad Minded Approach?

So the time has come for you to pack up and catch that midnight flight to a distant land. You have been waiting long for this one and now you are all ready. Looking forward to that special experience of new cultures and lifestyle! The thrill of going abroad.

The thrill is fine and makes for an active and happy camper; one that follows every culture, tradition, rule and social requirement to the best of his/her ability. This includes making sure every wrapper finds a bin and every rule is followed. But why be so concerned and compassionate towards the land of visit and not for the land of birth? This has been a notable trend seen in the travel and hospitality industry among travelers. While we support responsible tourism, it is saddening to see that the same measures cannot be implemented in the mother land all for lack of understanding and a feeling of social obligation.

We must remember that green and clean living starts from ones home. It is from there that one can carry forward these habits and make for a great living! While most of us do the right thing abroad simply to stay out of trouble, we can do the same as a duty towards our land. One of the reasons why any place fails to attract tourists is because we as citizens keep it that way.

No tourist location would ever be popular if everyone, from a local, to a visitor as well as the government takes care of the place and keeps the crowd coming for more. We are ignorant because we feel everything is ok in your own home. But your mother land is also home to many others; plants, animals, neighbors and visitors! Happy travelling. Happy living.

The Happy Camper!

Camping and trekking during the monsoons seems like a great idea for an outing. Especially with a life in the city, you may find it fulfilling and refreshing to make such a trip because it really does bring one close to nature. While it is a liberating experience, given that we can get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, there are some guidelines to follow in this respect.

The first basic rule is that we must never leave anything behind. It’s important that a camper does not change anything in the environment. Being at camp does not in any way give us the right to litter and destroy. Everything from a wrapper to cups and glasses must be either carried back or appropriately disposed. Ideally, it is wise to take care of any trash left behind by previous campers too.

Leftovers must be disposed off correctly in order to make sure that the fragile eco-system does not get affected. Another very important point is to make sure that we make a small fire and that too on sites already utilized by previous campers rather than clearing new space for the same. Avoid burning rubbers or plastics under any circumstances unless for medical or safety purposes.

Being among Mother Nature means we forget our city-bred attitudes behind because it’s not like we are going to allow an animal in our house and let it remain wild! We must adjust, or leave. And leave, we must in a manner that we do not end up deteriorating the environment. Camping is the best way to celebrate, appreciate and understand nature in all its glory and this beauty will remain only if we let it! Stay green and happy camping!

The Fern: Green on the outside too!

This has been the official environment friendly month for the world as 5th of June is world environment day. On a day such as this, nature lovers all across the world are supposed to come together and take initiative on something that may help the planet or at least coax others to do so.

This is the least one can do for the planet. As an individual, a business, a group, a club, a country or even as the world, there needs to be a common act of defiance against all that is wrong and all that needs to be corrected.

Keeping in mind the above fact; we as an Eco friendly hotel had to do our bit for the planet as well. Apart from the various certifications that we have managed to acquire in terms being able to function as per the Ecotel certification standards, we thought we might as well do something more visible to everyone, because sometimes, we need to reach out to people for that extra push!

As a result, the green team at the Fern Ecotel Jaipur decided to organize a silent march on Saturday, 5th of June as a means to show the world that we are green even outside the hotel premises! The 4km march was a huge success as many people from the streets joined us.

We were able to give away many a saplings as well as plants for home decor to people. Staff members from the hotel were enthusiastic as ever as they marched on with banners and posters in hand with eco-friendly messages.

We hope we can do this and more every now and again as it will really mean a lot to out fabulous patrons as well as bring about a positive change of attitude in and around the Fern Hotel and essentially the world through blogs and picture uploads!

What we think of a Zoo…

Natural beauty generally encompasses plants, topography and animal life. To make these more accessible to the public for tourism purposes we may construct gardens, man-made landscapes and zoos. However, speaking of zoos, one cannot help but wonder how we can confine animals in an enclosure when in fact they are meant to live free in the wild.

This is an arguable topic; one which may not yield a clear verdict as to whether or not, it is correct to exhibit animals behind fences and walls. Either ways, there are zoos all around the world and the next best thing to do is to figure out a way to run them efficiently with utmost care and attention given to the animal’s every need.

Every animal has its own requirements in terms of weather condition, minimal space required, diet etc. These are probably the most important factors when it comes to maintaining an enclosure. After all, one cannot celebrate nature by changing the way it needs to exist and this also applies to animal life. A zoo shall therefore only be safe and comfortable if nature comes before man behind those wrought iron gates!

Since every animal lover looks forward to witnessing a creature that is living in a healthy condition, a zoo may provide for the correct platform given that every staff member and authority takes full responsibility of maintaining an environment that is safe as well as comfortable both for the animal as well as people that come and visit.

All in all, if a zoo must exist, it may as well follow certain norms and guidelines keeping in mind first, the inhabitants, and then the guests. Visiting a sanctuary is a better way of experiencing nature but that’s another story altogether!

The Nature Photography Contest!

So you took a really nice picture and want to do more with it than to just keep it as your desktop image?

Here’s a chance to win yourself a free night’s stay (for 2) at the Fern Ecotel Hotel! All you have to do is:

Just go to the Fern Ecotel Fan page and upload pictures on the wall that can be categorized under nature photography.

You may tag friends on the picture (this could get you more likes and comments).

The winner will be declared on the basis of the visual appeal of the picture and the comments and likes one receives from other fans. He/she wins a free One Night’s stay at the Fern Ecotel Hotel in Jaipur. What’s more? The winner can avail of the free stay winthin one year from the time of the contest!!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

1) The picture should have been clicked by you. If we find that the picture has been sourced off the internet, we sorry 🙂

The picture must be real, not animated. It must be original, not edited using softwares. (You are allowed to watermark it)

2) Winner gets to stay in one of the Winter green rooms of our Hotel. Dates subject to availablity.

3) By one night’s stay we mean, check in by 12 am today and check out by 12 am tomorrow. A full 24 hours of pure luxury at the Fern Ecotel Hotel. If you wish to stay longer, we will simply discount the expense for one day from the grand total!

4) Moderator reserves the right to decide who wins the weekly contest.

5) Winner will be announced only after upload of minimum of 30 snaps (number subject to change as the contest pics up) OR 7 days from the last victor.

P.S.: We feel everyone has nature appreciation programmed into them… Just grab a camera and capture the elements the way you see them! As a hobby, it can really relax your mind and remind you that there is still something beautiful left in the world to fight for! So go ahead and have a happy time seeing and smiling! Because life can take you away from beauty and take the beauty out of your mind! Contest or not, something that appeals visually, can really soothe your mind!

Ecotel… The future looks green!

An Ecotel is a new concept in hospitality that requires the property to comply with strict standards in terms of environment concern. There are basically ‘5 globes’ to this concept.

Energy conservation: This involves the use of minimum usage of electricity for applications in lighting and air conditioning purposes.

Water conservation: Evaluates the effective conservation of water in all departments of the hotel, across all levels. It also involves effective reutilization of water in the hotel.

Solid waste management: A proper waste management system must be in place that disposes off waste. The hotel must also device strategies in order to reduce wastage.

Employee environmental education: Evaluates how involved the employees are in the efforts of the hotel to contribute towards the environment. The hotel must have training modules in place to educate the employees on green issues.

Environmental commitment: The mission statement of the property must make mention about its environmental dedication. One member of the top management must head a ‘Green Team’ among the staff and the entire workforce must confirm with the hotel’s mission statement.

As far as running a green hotels, India leads from the front being the only country in the world to have 13 certified Ecotels within the next 2 years! These hotels must meet stringent standards to be certified. It is, therefore, an elite group. While it adds to the brand value of the hotel, there are some drawbacks in terms of technologies available. One more aspect of the concept is the cost. An Ecotel is about 15% more expensive to maintain than a normal hotel because of the kind of equipment and systems used to manage resources.

Moreover, many hotels already have eco-friendly practices in their hotel except that they do it without certification. So looks like the road to the future for hotels around the world is clean and green. Maybe even lined with a lot of vegetation on either side!

So what’s in a name?

A hotel is a place where one forgets the life left behind. For some time, one can be at peace knowing everything is taken care of by the ever-awake workforce that runs the hotel. To add to it, with the launch of eco –friendly hotels like The Fern Ecotel in Jaipur, India, vacations are greener than ever and everyone is happy!

An hotel is therefore an Ecotel if it adheres to some set standards. The obvious ones are conservation of resources. Water, electricity and all the plastics, food, drinks and metals used up to cater to the needs of the elite. But one must understand that apart from the eco system, another aspect to the certification is to care for its own employees. This is only fair considering that these are the men and women that help make the trip a success, and in this case, the environment a much better place!

Taking care of the staff, essentially, means that there are no safety issues and that every employee must be well educated. This includes everyone from the guys behind the desk to those in the kitchen. A well-trained work force is an important productivity enhancement. Education benefits also show that a hotel property truly values its employees and their future.

Basically, an eco friendly hotel is a property that carries out fair trade and cares for all: the guests, the environment, the staff and itself! So the next time you plan to check in, look for the green label on the Hotel Brochure that says 100% Eco-friendly and have a nice stay!

How about planting a tree this summer?

Planting trees is an easy and effective way to beautify your property, provide shade in summer and wind protection in winter! It is a silviculture activity also called as reforestation.

Since a tree is such a visible part of the landscape and more importantly, it does help the environment in many many ways, care must be taken to ensure proper growth conditions are maintained. So pick your spot and get the digging tools out! Local markets sell seeds as well as other tools to get going. You can even try with fruits and vegetables from home, see if they can yield! Dig a hole that is in the open, away from other roots and is close enough to visit once a day. If in your garden, once planted, you must make sure it gets water to thrive off and sunlight to bathe under!

Alternatively, you may want to plant a tree in the open, leaving it exposed to the elements! For that you need a safe spot near other trees. You may have to water it for a week to jumpstart the process of growth! Fortunately for eco-friendly people that may find it hard to commit, there are campaigns all over the world that help you contribute conveniently! The soon to be launched Plant-a-Million campaign by the Fern Ecotel Hotel is one such initiative that will turn Jaipur, Rajasthan from pink to green!

It is clearly known why one must plant trees. They give us the fruits, vegetables, shade and beauty. In fact most of our food comes from them! As plants and trees grow, they release life giving oxygen in the air while using up the carbon dioxide that speeds up global warming! Trees are, therefore, friendly beings that need to flourish all around to make earth cooler and richer.

So do not be afraid to do your bit, because each tree makes a difference. A great way to get started is to dedicate a sapling to a loved one, name it even! Try it.