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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to have a Green Valentine

Did you know that around a billion valentine cards are sent each year globally, making the day the second largest card-selling holiday of the year after Christmas? Did you know that over 36 million hear shaped boxes of chocolates are sold each year? Did you know that it’s the top holiday for fresh flower purchases with red roses being most popular? 
Valentine ’s Day as such has a big potential to have substantial impact on the environment. One billion cards!!! That’s a lot of trees.
So let’s make this Valentine ’s Day green and see to it that our celebrations have the least minimum impact on the environment.
Here are a few things you could start with. Gift cards that are made from recycled paper or tree-free paper. Or else consider sending an e-card. You could send them organic or locally grown flowers. You could donate some money to an environmental organization on that person’s behalf. Buy your lover a gift certificate for a naturopathy therapy or a day at the health spa. Arrange for a romantic dinner at a local restaurant that uses organic food produce that’s grown locally. Going for dinner at a local restaurant helps to cut down on food miles. You could even go camping, rafting or canoeing if you and your lover are adventuresome. You could even spend that weekend in a wildlife retreat.
Instead of spending so much money on something that will just end up in trash enjoy some quality moments with your loved one and create memories that you will live on forever and help make this earth a safer, greener place.

31 Reasons To Travel Green- Part 1

In the hospitality world today minute details that provide perceived value in the guest’s mind is what ultimately makes a Hotel beautiful as well as practical. We at The Fern Ecotel, Jaipur are happy to educate everyone with only one motto TRAVEL GREEN

This presentation will bring to light the plight of the natural environment due to our negligence.

31 Reasons To Travel Green- Part I

In the hospitality world today minute details that provide perceived value in the guest’s mind is what ultimately makes a Hotel beautiful as well as practical. We at The Fern Ecotel, Jaipur are happy to educate everyone with only one motto TRAVEL GREEN

This presentation will bring to light the plight of the natural environment due to our negligence.

 

United We Blossom, Divided We Perish – How Can You Contribute To The Environment?

Eco friendly hotels are not only beneficial to the owners, but also to the entire world, while at the same time letting their guests contribute to betterment of the environment. Whether it’s water or energy conservation, recycling, or reducing the consumption of natural resources through bulk amenities and newspaper programs, a positive impact can be made through simple steps.

People who consider themselves very “environmentally aware” take special care to at least conserve water and energy, and to recycle. But when they travel, many of these same people either leave their environmentalism at home or figure they just have to put up with extreme waste in hotels. It doesn’t have to be that way. I challenge you to take your environmental action on the road with you, and to not accept hotel waste anymore.

It’s getting easier to support environmental practices when you travel, but not all hotels haven’t caught on or are not up-to-speed yet. Be sure to first look for “green” hotels for your lodging options. Participate in any “green practices”, like towel and sheet reuse programs, recycling, and energy conservation (turning your lights and TV off when you aren’t in the room), that the hotel offers. Be as conserving on the road as you are at home.

Green Peace - A Step Towards Eternity

With endless names for green lodging, including green hotels, ecolodges, and sustainable tourism (conserving both the environment and the culture or social aspects of an area, having a low impact on both). The best place to start your green hotel research is online, looking for the sites that spread the word about the awareness of nature and environment, and then using the search engines, where the best term to use is “ecotel hotels”. Don’t let the various terms confuse you or put you off, because people have different focuses in their environmental actions, and the name often reflects the focus of each specific hotel.

The problem with hotels’ approaches to resource consumption is that thinking tends to go no further than “today”. While guests are being pampered or taken care of, precious, non-renewable resources are being consumed at an alarming rate. That consumption not only impacts the quality of the air you breathe and the water you drink today, it also takes resources from the future. What does that mean for the future of our children?

Another issue to consider is that of deforestation. Cutting a forest down, has been impacting animals, air, water, and even future vegetation. Building a hotel in the middle of the desert causes resources that aren’t naturally there to be channeled, again destructing the environment. These changes impact not only the local environment, but even the worldwide environment.

Visiting different places of the country and the world is a fantastic experience. You and the people you meet are better for the exchange. That’s the kind of exchange that makes tourism valuable. To keep tourism from being prejudicial, we all need to contribute and reduce waste. This can start with a little thing called – No Littering! Small steps might some day help our planet breathe a sigh of relief if not more. Amen!

Go Green Show Green Contest!!

Share a Photo, Video or even a simple Message on anything you have done for the environment to make it green!

Heres a chance to win a FREE stay for 2N/3D days at The Fern Hotel An Ecotel, Jaipur. Participate in this contest and win a free vacation to The Fern Hotel in Jaipur. This is definitely not the one you want to miss!


The Go Green Initiative

Fern Initiative

Heres a low down on how you can be at The Fern Hotel An Ecotel, Jaipur.

Contest Details:

This is a Message, Photo or Video contest on twitter and Facebook where you will just have to upload a photo, video or a message of instances where they have  done something for the Environment  (for e.g. planted a tree, used something eco friendly, done something for the environment, contributed to issues like global warming, pollution, etc. in anyways.)

This contest can be played on Twitter or Facebook. Needless to say playing on Twitter and Facebook both will increase the chances of winning.

On Twitter

Step 1: Upload a Photograph of yours where you have done something for the environment via http://www.tweetphoto.com or a video via http://www.twitvid.com

Step 2: I participated in “Go Green Show Green” Contest http://bit.ly/2iXUnJ. #GoGreen Check this  <link to the picture on tweet photo/video>.

Step 3: Tweet this: talk about you going green with the hash tag #Gogreen <link to the contest page>. Please Vote and get people RT it

The winner will be decided on these parameters:

 No. of  RTs and @ replies you get

 No. of Positive Votes you can source on your photo upload on  tweetphoto.com

On Facebook:

Step 1: Upload a Photograph/Video of yours doing something for the environment with the following Post on the Fern Ecotel Page :

Post: I participated in “Go Green Show Green” Contest http://bit.ly/2iXUnJ. Here is how I’ve gone green. Tell me how is it?

Step 2: Also you can update your own status or post more on the Fern Ecotel Page to get more people Liking and Commenting on your posts.

The winner will be decided on these parameters:

 No. of  Likes they get

 The no. of Positive Comments they get (Per User One Comment)

Guidelines
1. To enter contest, retweet the specified tweet and include the hashtag #Gogreen when tweeting anything about the event.
2. Two winners will be selected and announced on <DATE>
3. Winners get a free stay for 2N/3D days at The Fern Hotel, An Ecotel, Jaipur
4. There is no specific date to ‘redeem’ your prize. That is, if selected as winner, you can make your trip on any day during <Date>
5. In case, a winner can’t make it to the venue during the specified duration, the prize will be considered unclaimed and won’t be compensated in some other way.
6. If you’ve got questions ask us @fernecotel or http://www.facebook.com/fernecotel

Guidelines

1. To enter contest, retweet the specified tweet and include the hashtag #GoGreen when tweeting anything about the event.

2. Two winners will be selected and announced on 31/10/09

3. Winners get a free stay for 2N/3D days at The Fern Hotel, An Ecotel, Jaipur

4. There is no specific date to ‘redeem’ your prize. That is, if selected as winner, you can make your trip on any day during the specified dates.

5. In case, a winner can’t make it to the venue during the specified duration, the prize will be considered unclaimed and won’t be compensated in some other way.

6. If you’ve got questions ask us @fernecotel or http://www.facebook.com/fernecotel