GLORIOUSLY GREEN GLEN AVON
One of the first things people remark on when they visit Glen Avon Lodge Boutique Hotel in Cape Town’s famous Constantia Valley is often its greenery. Usually, they are referring to its magnificent rose-filled gardens – but whilst a lot of love and care goes into the grounds, they are not what this 5-star boutique hotel is most proud of. What the Stringer family and the team at Glen Avon is most proud of is their top rating for other green credentials!
General Manager Hans Heuer and his team were delighted with its most recent accolade as a
“Green Champion with Distinction”, scoring 88% overall for Sustainable Tourism Management.
This recognition as a CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE PROPERTY was awarded by Green Tourism
Active which is a non-profit, global sustainability assessment & certification company that is
recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and is also a member of the UN
World Tourism Organization.
Some of the things Glen Avon does to make a difference include:
Glen Avon is committed to protecting the environment for future generations
and reducing its own environmental impact so far as possible by implementing responsible eco-friendly tourism practices while still providing an impeccable quality of service.
Thankfully the “Day Zero” water crisis has been avoided with the dams around Cape Town nice and full again (some reports say they are over 75% full) after the recent rains, but Glen Avon has had measures in place for over 20 years already before it was “fashionable” to be water-wise. All the hotel’s water is
filtered to the highest drinking standard by its own filtration plant.
The hotel has a long-term project underway to become almost self-sufficient in terms of generating its own power via photovoltaic, solar, backup batteries and heat pumps. The hotel also uses energy efficient electrical equipment.
The Glen Avon Family
The team is Glen Avon’s most prized asset – the staff make the Glen Avon family. Management is committed to helping staff members achieve their full potential through guiding, supporting and investing in training each one of them. They take seriously their duty of care for all employees whilst at work and to ensure all working practices are safe and all risks are assessed on a regular basis and that Health and Safety is of paramount importance. Equality and diversity are core values and an integral part of everything Glen Avon does.
Local is Lekker
The hotel is committed to using sustainable, ethically sourced products and services from local suppliers where possible, that have a minimal environmental impact. All Glen Avon’s bathroom products
are made locally and are eco-friendly, as well as some of their cleaning materials.
The hotel recycles as much as possible and all vegetable matter is used for composting. Organic worm farms produce “worm tea” fertilizer for the gardens.
Soil for Life
Glen Avon supports the SOIL FOR LIFE NGO Project which assists disadvantaged communities by giving them the means to start a vegetable patch and teaches them how to grow vegetables, to not only
feed their own families – but to generate a sustainable income for the future by selling any excess produce on.
The Spirit of Ubuntu
All the staff at Glen Avon are encouraged to give back to the local community and to support and volunteer to help worthy charitable causes such as child literacy projects. The Spirit of Ubuntu
encompasses the belief that “I am because we are” – and celebrates the universal bond of sharing for the good of humanity. Here is the team helping to brighten up the house at Amazing Grace.
Amazing Grace Upliftment Centre is a non-profit that strives to empower and uplift the children living in the Westlake Community in the Constantia Valley, to ensure they develop to their full potential
despite any disadvantages such as literacy and numeracy deficiencies, physical handicaps and social imbalances. The project focuses on individual children and ensures they have access to remedial teachers,
occupational and physiotherapists, speech therapists, counselors and psychologists. They currently work from a house in Westlake, which Glen Avon has been helping to renovate into an
Upliftment Centre. They hope to also introduce art, music, sport and dance classes in the future for kids who might not have an academic future.