As part of its Green Engage programme, InterContinental Doha The City recently held its first “No Bin Day” in the colleagues’ restaurant and reduced food waste from the typical 10 kgs per meal to 5 kgs. In support of the effort, Mr. Mohammed Abdulaziz Khalil, cofounder of EcoMENA joined in the day.
During the meals on “No Bin Day” there was signage and various presentations in the colleagues’ restaurant outlining the shocking statistics of food wastage around the world. In addition, Kathrina Nisnisan, HR Officer and Green Engage team member came up with the idea to provide an added incentive of a chocolate bar awarded to every colleague who turned in an empty plate at the end of the meal.
“We did a lot of research about the problem of food wastage around the world and in learning that one-third of the world’s food production ends up in the trash, we knew we had to do something at our hotel to help change that,” Desiree Anne Tato, Hotel Nurse and “No Bin Day” Champion. “It’s a first step and we are thrilled with the support we received from our colleagues in this initiative.”
To sustain the activity and engage as many colleagues as possible, InterContinental Doha The City plans to hold “No Bin Day” regularly each time facilitated by a different department.
Green Engage is IHG’s innovative sustainability effort based on an advanced online tool which measures the day-to-day environmental impact of participating IHG hotels. This online system monitors energy, water and waste usage of individual hotels while providing recommended actions to improve the property’s energy conservation and carbon footprint score. IHG created Green Engage to ensure that its hotels are designed, built and run for optimal sustainability.