Happy World Kitchen Garden Day

This 30th August, we celebrated World Kitchen Garden day! Kitchen Garden Day is an annual, decentralized celebration of delicious foods produced on a human scale.

If you haven’t done so yet, this is a fantastic opportunity to start your own kitchen garden and enjoy the multiple pleasures and benefits of home-grown, organic foods.

We give you three reasons to start your own kitchen garden:

  1. Wholesome Goodness – Nutrition and tastier food!

Those of you who have tasted the crispness of a freshly picked cucumber and sweetness of a perfect orange pumpkin from a home garden, would agree that the taste and quality is unrivaled to that obtained from a market. Many studies also demonstrate that organic food has more nutrients and is definitely less harmful than food grown with inorganic pesticides and fertilizers.

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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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Eco-Aware Indian Family

Some things take longer. We at The Fern are never in doubt of the eco-sensitive work we do, though we do debate sometimes if our message is getting through to the people we serve – community and guests.

We’ve made the environment our central focus since 1996. Initially,  it was an uphill sell internally to the team because it was a departure from our view of hospitality at the time, but also because only a very few were actually talking about the ‘environment’ at the time. We stuck it out & 18 years later are seeing the young, urban families imbibe our ethos; be eco-sensitive because its common sense. The generational shift is underway.

Its most evident at our five resorts; Sasan Gir (Gujarat), Dapoli & Ganpatipule (Maharashtra), Benaulim & Palolem (Goa). Young parents who make up over 50% of our summer guests are keen to share our environment practices with their kids, in the unique simplified way that makes talking to kids most enlightening.  Even kids of two can understand at least two of our three ‘R’s – Reduce, Reuse & Recycle.

So we’re making it fun for them in ways that’s fun for all. The treasure hunt at The Fern Samali Resort, Dapoli is much in demand. The 18-cottage resort sits on vast acerage atop a hill in the lush rainforests of the Western Ghats. The range is in the Konkan region, one of India’s most fertile regions and the resort has nutured a garden that both reflects & compliments the rich biodiversity. We have over 100 native & complimentary species of plants & trees across the resort, and have recently completed the extensive task of putting name plates on each of them. The treasure hunt at Dapoli is a family activity and takes them all over them resort. We keep it light and easy to find though one of the longest tasks its to find as many plants & trees as possible on a list of 100 names.

At least a dozen families have completed the entire list!

Children under 10 years are 20% of the guest list at The Fern Gir Forest Resort, Sasan Gir. Almost all visits to Sasan Gir are solely to visit the lions in their reserve, which takes all of three hours. So keeping kids ‘productively engaged’ is essential for the remain 2-3 days of the holiday. We are so pleased to find parents actively participating with the kids in painting & colouring tasks, outdoor games, treasuring hunting,  eco-awareness talks etc. Our rooms have international satellite TV, the real entertainment is outside.

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10 Top Tips To Save AC Power

Air-conditioners or coolers are the amongst the most power hungry appliances in both homes & offices. Here are 10 top tips on how to convert this into a win-win situation for you i.e. reduce the consumption & save a lot of money in return.

  1.  8 hours of AC use (1-ton AC) results in approximately the same ‘Carbon Footprint’ as from driving an average Indian car for 85 kilometers. Turn the AC off for at least 10% of the time. Reducing the use of this  high-energy consuming appliances is by far the most effective means of reducing your footprint – even better than replacement with better technology.
  2. An AC uses 3-5% less energy for each degree set above 22°C (71.5°F); Setting the thermostat of your room air conditioner at 25°C (77°F) will therefore result in 10 to 15% energy and footprint savings without compromising comfort too much.
  3. Using ceiling or room fans along with the AC allows you to set the thermostat higher because the air movement will cool the room.
  4. Clean the air-conditioner filter every month. It allows the unit to cool down quickly and use less energy.
  5. Minimise use of the ‘outside air’ option. Energy consumption for cooling the incoming outdoor air is significantly greater than energy required to re-circulate the already cooled indoor air.
  6. A very important step: figure out the right size needed. Oversized air conditioners cycle on and off more frequently. Also, they do not dehumidify as much, reducing comfort levels and causing users to set thermostat temperatures even lower. Result: higher electricity bills and larger footprint.
  7. Put an electronic timer switch and digital thermostat in old ACs to monitor and control the fan speed.
  8. Its best to not place any heating equipment like light,TV, room heater near to air conditioner thermostat.
  9. Place the air conditioner outside unit in a shade or below a tree shade. This helps to consume 10% less energy.
  10. As far as possible, invest in the highest BEE rated AC.

Log on to www.no2co2.in to find out your true carbon footprint. Reduce it even furuter by staying at The Fern Hotels & Resorts while travelling. http://www.fernhotels.com

 

Mission Emission Control!

With all that talk about how much carbon dioxide is released in the air, one would wonder that something be done to control this evil release of a gas that is known to cause problems to us today or tomorrow. Since we cannot filter and control, the next best thing is to monitor and restrict.

Thus came into being the concept of carbon credits. These credits are our attempts to keep the various green house gas emissions under check. A smart thing done by countries that came together and signed an agreement named the Kyoto Protocol. A single credit is equivalent to 1 ton of carbon dioxide or equivalent gases released in the air.

Every country is assigned a fixed credit. Developed countries, mostly European, had said that they will bring down the level in the period from 2008 to 2012. In 2008, these developed countries have decided on different norms to bring down the level of emission fixed for their companies and factories. The goal is to make companies go down the green route through mutual agreement and market mechanisms that bring about a change in the industrial processes either by way of replacement or by upgrading process, thereby making them greener.

There are also many companies that sell carbon credits to commercial and individual customers who are interested in lowering their carbon footprint on a voluntary basis. So it’s like a clan of earth loving entities that bring about change by way of contracts rather than the traditional means of campaigns.

Is your Money going somewhere Green?

With growing awareness on global environment crisis, it’s interesting to see how many businesses have been going green. It is not just limited to industries that give out emissions; the Eco- friendly bug has bitten every sector. At least, in theory, our future should be better.

Green investments are things like stocks, exchange related funds and mutual funds, in which the underlying businesses are somehow involved in operations aimed at improving the environment. This can range from companies that are developing alternative energy technology to companies that have the best environmental practices. Basically, if your green cash goes into a green business, or supplements resources for a green business, you are an eco-investor!

Green industries and business include startups that are developing new methods for creating bio-fuels or solar panels, and traditional market cap heavyweights that are expanding their product lines to include environmentally friendly products.

Green investing can also be achieved through exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which mimic the stock indexes made up of green companies. Another way is to let your professional portfolio manager take over, and choose the greenest assets to invest in based on your company prospectus.

However, since the global belief on what constitutes a “green investment” is different and uncertain, it becomes difficult to determine what investment is actually green. Either ways, the foot is in the door, all that remains to be seen is that the world is able to find a consistent meaning to the whole idea of green investments and that it promises maximum involvement from all other sectors.

The World in our Palms.

When we think of a holiday, we invariable picture a serene island with blue waters; white sands spiked with beautiful palms of coconuts trees that add to the glory of a paradisical land waiting to welcome you! Ever asked a young child to paint the beach, it always starts with those flowery palms that flirt with the sunshine up above the waters. But did you ever ponder over the fact that the coconut palm tree under which you line up your chair is one of the most versatile living entities in this whole wide world.

From the roots to leaf tips, this tree can be used in many ways. Coconut milk is used for making coconut oil as well as a medicine to treat minor ailments. Not to forget, the lovely Caribbean and oriental flavors all thanks to coconut milk! Coconut oil nourishes your scalp and can be used for soaps and cosmetics while the meat can be used in candles and as a product for many recipes.

The fiber from the coconut husk can be used to make mats; the juice is good for kidney problems while the sap, which is kind of sweet, can be fermented into an alcoholic beverage or vinegar. Leaves from the tree can also be used to make various patterns in roofs of rural and sea-side settlements and the trunk can be turned into canoes or rafters. All this while the very useful fruit keeps the Pina coladas flowing!

Something as abundant such as these lovely palms can truly serve our needs in a green manner if more of us can tap into the valuable store of resources this tree has to offer! The natives have already realized eons ago and it’s now time for the new world to systemize this process and get the most out of what the planet has to offer!

Have a Nice Day.

It’s a pleasant morning on a beautiful holiday and you plan to spend it indoors. Well mostly. Let’s discuss how one can go about spending the day on a personal level in a simple and green manner. Just some musings penned down. You start off with a stretch. Get out of bed, make a move to the kitchen counter and eat healthy breakfast. Fresh and not canned. Instead of hitting the gym go for a cycle ride around the neighborhood instead. While you are at it you could pick up the groceries so you don’t have to make that extra trip. You are set for a simple lunch at home.

Go for easy-to-cook recipes that cost you less time and get done faster with fresh stock from the local markets sparing you time to clean and wash. Cook well and save resources. A green meal for a great day. You could follow it up with a nice read by the window or some work done at your garden if you have one. An evening stroll around the neighborhood would be a great way to meet people and socialize, surely a nice way to spare some time for people instead of tasks and duties like you would on other days.

You could end you day with a simple dinner by the fireplace or candles on the table. Wrap things up with some soothing music and a dessert made from fresh fruits to call it a day. A day like this once a month and you will find that you are in touch with yourself, your soul, your inner consciousness.

Sometimes, you don’t need a fancy dinner, a party, a movie, a concert to call it a day. For those of you who do more just for doing’s sake, there is another way of spending a a day off from work. One that is much simpler, and which leaves you more relaxed that fatigued. Just a shout out to all of you out there who believe, less is more and life isn’t all about extravagance.

sMo(c)king humanity.

Smoking is injurious to health. Period. Message to the health conscious. Smoking is injurious to the environment. Message for the whole world. What would it take for one to stop smoking or never take up the habit in the first place? It is addictive, it is discomforting to others and it harms the lungs and the planet. Reason enough to reconsider? Sadly not for most people.

Smoking is a personal activity that affects us all. 4000 deadly gases in a 3 inch cylinder, 5 minutes of fumes with an hour of odor and a lifetime of damage to the environment. 1 habit worth it all? From a liking for the flavor and fumes of tobacco, to a daily requirement to ‘beat stress’, smoking has turned into a ‘must-do’ activity for many! Tobacco consumption goes way back to 5000-300 BC. But with the commercialization of cheap and easily available cigarettes, this personal activity is becoming a public problem.

The harm that a cigarette causes begins even before the first spark of a lighter. Workers working in a manufacturing unit suffer from lung ailments due to close proximity. All that land required to grow tobacco could have yielded crops instead, cigarette paper that turns wood to ash, the leftover butts that pose a problem, the fires caused each year that take up thousands of gallons of water to douse.

If you are a smoker, do think about all this before you light into your next one. If you do not smoke, well, don’t. It is not fun. The media may glorify the sight of all that smoke from the nostrils, but in reality, the picture is quite different indeed.