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.

Manasarovar The Fern, Hyderabad

Employee Environmental Education

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“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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green From The Ground Up At Meluha

At Meluha The Fern, Mumbai we believe that responsible hospitality is not an oxymoron. We ensure that what we do is in complete harmony with the natural world. Honest sustainability is part of our daily lives and we are committed and passionate about serving our guests as well as the environment.

Meluha is among the few luxury hotels of its class in India to be conceived as an environmentally sensitive hotel. In a sense, we’re green from the ground up. This is a tremendous advantage for us, as we’ll explain in this post and the others in this series. Its an approach we strongly recommend for those considering an eco-venture, hotel or otherwise. If you have the opportunity or luxury, grab it.

Guest rooms at Meluha The Fern, Mumbai are amongst the most eco-friendly in the world.
Guest rooms at Meluha The Fern, Mumbai are amongst the most eco-friendly in the world.

Location matters when planning an eco-responsible 5-star hotel. A recent Lonely Planet article was a disappointment because the Top 10 eco-stays it listed were all on forest land or similar exotic locales. The Meluha is a city-centre business hotel, with miles of Mumbai’s famous cityscape all around. We love challenges.

The philosophy at Meluha The Fern is to get it done, not just say it. With one caveat; the guest experience should be enhanced, not compromised. We definitely let our guests know of the environmentally responsible work we do, though we are modest with it. Business guests appreciation of our 141-room hotel is very high, most realise only later that they’ve stayed at perhaps the world’s most environmentally responsible business hotel. Its The Fern way.

In the meantime, please visit our new website: www.fernhotels.com

Thank You For Saying Yes

We agonise over a lot of things we do for our guests; is the hot water reaching you at the right temperature, was the check-in process seamless, are our eco-friendly practices achieving their intended impact.

Being environmentally sensitive is who we are at The Fern, it defines us. We’ve being doing it from 1996, many, many years. We love it and find it hard to think of a time without cross checking if we can make the simplest task more eco-friendly. A lot of what we do goes beyond the ‘normal’ realm of hospitality. Our new website has a synopsis of our main activites. We’re thinking of expanding upon it in a special section of this blog.

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The Fern Club room @ The Fern, Jaipur

So THANK YOU for saying yes. One of the issues we agonise over is whether you – our guests – appreciate our eco-practices. We know at some level, everyone feels a tinge of regret at how the Earth’s being shortchanged. Though to get a true pulse of what you think, we have to ask specific questions, directly. Yes or now. Why & how.

An overwhelming number said they appreciate our eco-practices, thank you especially to those who apologised for not acknowledging it earlier. A smile and nod is enough most often, though a review on Tripadvisor is also welcome.

More posts to follow on this wonderful topic. In the meantime, please visit our new website www.fernhotels.com.

A Valentine’s Day Special

Its this week and there’s no escaping it. Valentine’s Day is a day we look forward to at The Fern. There’s a fair amount of stress, a lot at stake and so many wonderful moments that eventually make up for the stress.

Watching Valentine’s Day evolve over the years is a timelapse movie of our society and ourselves. Fashion and the choice of music are the most notable markers of change. In comparison to the gent, the lady’s fashion has changed virtually every year, so distinct it amazes us at its pace. So this is a yearly surprise we look forward to.

Music, well that’s entirely dependent on the age of the person requesting it. The classics of the seventies and eighties still hold strong though they’re not as firm as they were a decade ago. Modern music hits are asked for by the young set, so its heartwarming to see the new romantics find their feet. Yet some tunes bring a smile to us no matter the situation. When dinner’s in full swing and we’re focussed on giving you the best experience, you may see a quick smile flash upon us. That’s because the tunes are classics, having endured for decades and are requested almost every Valentine’s Day. They are old friends, so naturally we smile.

Romance is both timeless and fresh every time. As we prepare for the most romantic meal of the year, we follow time-honoured traditions that so many look forward to while we try and also keep it relevant to new romantics. Requests for special dinners are the most popular across The Fern family of 19 hotels & resorts. Pink and red continue as the default colours of choice. The candles, champagne and soft music will return too.

If you’ve not made a booking, please do so quickly. You really do not want to take a chance and keep her waiting for a table! Romance, like a Valentine’s Day meal is not rushed. Five course dinners are the norm at our restaurants. Dinner with a view is a bonus, something our wonderful Sasan Gir resort is offering this year. Exclusive tables that overlook the meandering Hiran river in the tranquility of the Gir forest reserve. The deep, rich baritone roar of the lions often carry over a long distance in the still jungle air. That’s nature’s music!

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A Green Place to Call Your Own!

As you read this post, look around you. If you are lucky, you would see some empty space, maybe a lawn or two around you. While the city management tries its best to create gardens around you, one thing that you could take care of is your very own compact garden to be able to get the best of both worlds, the natural and the man made! All you require is little space and little time.

If you are still not sure as to how it may help you, think of all the vegetables and flowers you could grow for home or even to give away to loved ones in the neighborhood! Other than that, it also acts as a creative outlet for restricted minds in terms of landscaping and choice of plantations. For those who have seen their days at work or for the ones that work from home, gardening is like a pleasant change from the otherwise monotonous existence! It is easy and does not call for many investments.

A garden is basically your own little green land where you can work, play and find fulfillment. In a way it is like having a pet that never goes away! Apart from adding beauty to the land around you, it also provides us with precious oxygen that keeps our minds active.

So look around you and see if you could help yourself and the planet while also being able to feel productive by the end of it. All in your very own garden!

Start with a Plant or Two!

Plush upholstery, quality wood, elegant lighting, top grade appliances, soothing wall colors. This seems to be a dream for everyone thinking of doing up their house. Rightly so, since that which pleases the eye, makes one happy. Here is a little something that brings home some green and visual appeal! A simple plant or two.

It turns out that most homes with a bit of plantation in or around the house appeal to residents and guests alike, especially in a city environment. How we benefit is that these give an earthy feel to the home. Believe it or not, we still have primitive instincts rooted deep within us that dictate our interest and comfort level with natural, organic things around us! Any which ways, a living space is way better with a living plant to go with it!

It is scientifically proven that the human eye is most responsive towards the color green. It naturally soothes the mind, man after all, being an animal by default! Also, plants oxygenate the air around them, giving you fresh air throughout the day. It is a known fact that early exposure to anything helps build habits and ideologies in children. Better familiarize your toddler with a beautiful little something that breathes and lives in the corner of your home than with something that promises no growth!

The simplest means to refreshing your eyes, mind and lungs comes free and it gives back more than it takes! Let’s be in touch with our nature loving side. Years later, the generations to come will look up to us for taking the greener route to life!

A Sincere Message.

So what is it with us not being able to give back to the planet to the extent we take from it? It becomes difficult for most to realize just how much we plunder. The beauty about the planet does not lie in how we, one species, live happily while others suffer. The beauty lays in the fact that such a vast diversified system can self sustain within itself just as long as each element plays its role and does not deviate from what it was meant to do.

We, the humans, seem to have gone astray and made ourselves our own destiny pulling down everything else with us. While its all OK to live, enjoy and celebrate, there are some limits that we need to look out for, especially at this stage! The key word is Responsibility. Without being able to achieve anything in a graceful manner, we will never truly be a race that can be proud of our existence.

As we go about fulfilling our dreams and making for ourselves a perfect little sphere that gives us all we need, we must all remember that we belong to something much larger than mankind and that something may not suffer because of what we call civilization. There is nothing civil in living life at the expense of the very planet that supports us.

We urge all to make tiny changes in their lives and be able to reduce the harm we cause everyday to the environment. It may be as small as remembering to switch off an appliance when not in use. Good luck being human, may we be able to make the most of now, because we may be the only ones left one day!

Green Technology

The world of today is more silicon and less metal or wood. Everything we see around us uses technology that takes years to develop but seconds to accomplish our desired goals. In a situation such as this, it becomes very important to keep a tab on any negative impacts to the planet simply because the scale and rate at which we are developing is magnanimous.

Rightly so, we have come up with a new way of building and innovating known as Green Technology or Clean technology. Green tech is the application of environmental science to conserve Mother Nature and curb the negative impacts of human activity.

There are a lot of things that come under Green Tech. Things like recycling and air/water purification. Another major aspect of Greentech is Solid Waste Management; something that has become important knowing how much waste we create. So much so, that Ecotels like the Fern group of Hotels and Resorts require having it as one of its pre requisite company policies in order to be certified Eco-friendly in practice. Apart from these, one needs to look into energy conservation as well as come up with ways to renew energy because excess energy consumption is a major drawback with many upcoming technologies.

Most businesses across the world are now looking to go green because green is the future of any new venture. Do remember to buy green products and insist on using services that promise to exercise eco-friendly practices. This is where you step foot onto the green boat that leads to the future!

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!