Your visit to Harrison Beach Hotel just got a little greener. As of July 1st, 2011 the hotel development officially joins the EcoStayTM program. EcoStayTM is a national initiative that helps resorts measure their carbon footprint, identify and fund reduction strategies and balance off their greenhouse gas emissions through carbon offsetting.

Under the program, Harrison Beach Hotel will collect two dollars per night from hotel guests. Funds will be used to purchase carbon offsets in support of emission-reducing projects across the country such as renewable energy, sustainable farming, energy efficiency, composting and recycling – making each night completely ‘carbon neutral’. The guest’s contribution offsets 86kg of CO2-e (or carbon equivalents). That’s about the same as taking 7 cars off the road for the day. All EcoStayTM Carbon Offset Projects are registered on the Canadian Standards Association’s (CSA) GHG CleanProjectsTM Registry ensuring ISO 14064-2 reporting and independent ISO 14064-3 verification. In addition, each offset tonne is uniquely serialized by CSA to ensure proper retirement and avoid double counting.

But that’s not all. The program also supports on-site environmental upgrades and renovations, further reducing the resort’s impact. A typical 150 room Canadian hotel can produce three tonnes of greenhouses gases each day. That’s the same as driving 200 cars, heating and lighting 100 homes or taking 5,000 airplane flights. Guests at Harrison Beach Hotel now know that they are helping to significantly reduce these emissions.