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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Peace of advice.

It started with the fight against the elements. Once we mastered that, we fought for food. Once settled, we fought for land. With boundaries in place we began to fight for resources. This fight continues till date and no one seems to get anywhere. Along with everything else that goes wrong, a military operation also costs the planet a good chunk of its health!

There is no doubt why there should be no wars, no battles, no conflicts and no explosions. If land and resources are so precious to us, why destroy land and misuse resources for explosive operations in the process of trying to acquire the same? Any sort of conflict not only hinders certain important economic sectors like the hospitality industry, it also leaves behind damage that no health potion can repair. There is no question that there are too many layers in hierarchy for a common man to stop a bullet, what we can do as a race is to realize and respond. Say no to war, today and forever. It takes one to coax another.

Our collective consciousness could change the way the world works and accepts any military activity and that is what we can bank upon. Travelling is a good way to open up the mind to new cultures thereby developing mutual tolerance among people. One also realizes that there is much good in the world not to be destroyed by war and conflicts.

Stop favoring something that only leaves death and destruction. Support peace. So you can travel a world with no boundaries, so you can a world with no scars.

Practically on the go!

So the time for another vacation is finally here. The trolleys are out; the heaps of clothes are ready to be stuffed right away. But before you begin dumping everything in and making your way out, there are a few things you need to consider. As it often happens, we will not stop till the bags are full. When the zipper struggles to shut, we consider ourselves ready to go!

This isn’t the best way to go at all. Firstly, a full bag isn’t always a well equipped one. Being cautiously generous in your packing may be a good idea but one must also remember that a full bag is a heavy bag. And it will slow you down. The result? You will end up relying on anything but your own two feet to go from one point to another. Secondly, another fallacy is that of carrying extra of everything. Green is all about practicality. And extra often ends up as waste. This isn’t smart.

One can also go for organic materials over synthetic processed ones. This is especially important in a place that preserves natural beauty and ecology. Carry less from home, use more of what you get at a destination and that way you can help local businesses grow too!

Hotels are doing their part by going green. The Fern Ecotel, Jaipur is one such green 5 star property. Nature comes before blind hospitality out here and as a result, the visitors are happy without having to hurt the environment. So practicality isn’t a far fetched myth but a reality. For the hotel and for the traveler!

Basically, practical travel has many facets. But with these basic ideas, one can make small differences and add to the bigger picture. One trip at a time!

What on Earth is Responsible Tourism?

With all those sports events happening around, one thing is for sure! People will travel the globe to catch their favorite players in the flesh! Tourism is a big industry, one that comes with its side effects though. Millions travel each day. And that can be a bad thing because anything without a motor attached to it has a hard time getting past the borders! This brings us to the point. What about all that fuel used up? And how do we deal with the pollution caused?

The carbon footprint left behind lingers a lot longer than the journey.  As some say, tourism is both a victim of and a contributor to climate change. Tightening it’s own leash for survival. Basically all these migrations harm the environment with sound, smoke and more. Planes are therefore designed to get quieter now. Experts are looking into alternatives like a mixture of coconut and babassu nut oils as fuel for airlines. The coconut shortage can be dealt with later.

Responsible tourism encompasses controlling noise/ air/ water/ land pollution caused due to any tourist activity. Tourism departments levy additional taxes to control the number of tourists per season. Visas are approved of in moderation. Cycling expedition and use of electric bikes to explore landscapes is also a good idea. Hotels now use green materials like eco-friendly paints and recycled wood etc. As for the travelers, well they just have to make a few smart choices. All you need to do is watch what you want and want what you need. Use what you need and spare what you don’t. Keep traveling. But be responsible!

Eco friendly cooking

Food is probably the most important factor when choosing a hotel or a restaurant. Luxury brings you comfort, but a good meal can bring you good moments. That lunch we had in Kerela last summer. That dinner we had gone for while on our trip to the Bahamas. The food can make or break a reputation. When we talk of hotels or restaurants with themes and unique characteristics, these essentially need to reflect in their cuisine as well! The new trend is eco-friendly hotels. That’s when the need for eco-friendly food comes into the picture.

Now there are a few things that can be done behind the kitchen counter. Like a lot of re-using and recycling. A more efficient usage of water and cooking gas can and will benefit both, the restaurant as well as the eco-system. The fresher the ingredients, the smaller the cooler needed to store stuff overnight. That saves some power. An open kitchen can bring in light and reduce the need for many lightbulbs. It also reduces the need for high powered exhaust fans. Solar electricity is another option. So are solar cookers! Smart usage of vessels also helps save water and soap.

Waste management is another area where restaurants can help make the whole affair a lot greener. With composters, the leftovers are well treated and the compost can go to neighboring or in-house plantations. Cardboard boxes and thermocol can also have alternate uses. They can help insulate the place better and keep the temperature under control. Cooking oil can be used as bio-diesel fuel and take-aways can do with paper wrappings wherever possible. So the next time you pack your bags, do think about where you dine, because there are choices. Smart ones!

Think Travel, Think Green

Traveling costs. It costs you as well as your environment. Consequently, there has been a new wave of consciousness around the globe. One that needs to spread far a wide. It is the green way to travel. There are many ways to indicate that a trip is an environment friendly one. There is eco-tourism, eco-friendly travel, eco-conscious travel, sustainable travel, responsible travel. Eco means concerning the environment. And therefore green travel is essentially friendly to the environment. So when one talks about green travel, it gives a vague idea of what the trip is like. One would travelers who walk short distances, do not litter, save energy, save water and conserve the environment while doing so.

There is in fact, a deeper meaning to this term. It also implies that one must understand and appreciate ecological, cultural and social entities exclusive to the travel destination. A good traveler is the one who not only explores, but understands and respects too. The cultural and social differences to a place are its essence. Green travel implies that one must spare a thought for the next traveler as well. Since there is a today, there will be a tomorrow. And there will be a trip tomorrow.

Another aspect is sustainability. Any ecological or biological entity we encounter, either in transit or at our destination should be preserved for the future. Everything from money, vegetation, water and minerals need to be used wisely and economically. One can also look towards improving the ecological conditions of the travel destination. One must not only avoid making negative changes but also try and make some positive ones! This includes planting trees, supporting the population and trying to find new alternatives to conserve fuel and water while on the go. To sum it up, green travel means to preserve, to appreciate and to support.