Sustainability

Our Commitment to Sustainability

The Donald Gordon Hotel and Conference Centre supports the Housing and Ancillary Services commitment to building and operating a healthy and sustainable community. We are committed through collaboration and innovation to sustainable best practices, guided by the Housing and Ancillary Services Framework and the Queen’s Climate Action Plan that aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Our Initiatives 

FairTrade 

The Donald Gordon Hotel and Conference Centre is proudly designated a Fair Trade Workplace.  This designation recognizes our support of fairer conditions and better prices for people in the Global South who grow and make our products.  Buying Fair Trade gives farmers and workers more power to create a better life for themselves and their communities and enjoy sustainable livelihoods.  For more information, visit https://fairtradeprograms.ca/fair-trade-workplaces/

Waste Less

All non-perishable and unspoiled perishable food is donated. We redirect all unspoiled food from landfills to our neighbours in need. We appreciate your support of the local community and reducing our environmental impact.

Clean the World

We partner with Clean the World to repurpose partially used toiletries after your stay. Remnant products get distributed to those who live in hygiene poverty.

Bottled Water Free

Queen’s University has 190 drinking fountains and more than 35 bottle-fill stations located across campus. The installation of the bottle-fill stations supports the campus-wide ban on bottled water sales and distribution that took effect on September 1, 2012. This initiative has diverted an average of 98,000 plastic bottles annually.

Sustainable Seafood

The Donald Gordon Centre now serves 100% sustainable seafood after adopting a policy in February 2021 to source all seafood offered on campus, and events, from a recognized third-party sustainable-certified seafood supplier.

IACC Green Star Certified

IACC has a rigorous Code of Sustainability which includes 60 tenets in the following areas: Education, Awareness and Public Declaration, Waste Management, Recycling, Water Conservation, Energy Management, Air Quality, Food & Beverage.  The Donald Gordon Conference Centre proudly supports IACC’s Environmental Policy and joins with other members in striving for more sustainable, environmentally responsible industry policies and practices.