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Mövenpick Hotel Den Haag-Voorburg supports local community, reduces global footprint

Mövenpick Hotel Den Haag-Voorburg staff with Green Globe certificate
The Mövenpick Hotel Den Haag-Voorburg was recently awarded Green Globe recertification in acknowledgement of the property’s commitment to sustainable best practices and achieved a notable compliance score of 82% against accredited criteria. Located in the historical Centre of Voorburg in The Netherlands, shops and restaurants encircle the hotel and cultural sightseeing places including the Hofwijck Museum are also nearby. The Hague city center is just four minutes away by train where guests can view famous Dutch artworks at Mauritshuis, admire the world’s largest flower garden at Keukenhof and marvel at miniature models at Madurodam.

Marjolein Kist, Sales&Marketing Manager at Mövenpick Hotel Den Haag-Voorburg said, “We are proud to achieve Green Globe certification for the fifth year in row. The highlight this year was to receive the Certificate of Corporate Social responsibility from the Municipal Government. In the community we are very active on different levels including economic initiatives, labor market issues and education. I would like to thank all team members for their full commitment towards sustainability.”

Mövenpick Hotel Den Haag-Voorburg encourages everyone to reduce carbon emissions by using eco-friendly transportation. Jean Luc Baeriswyl, the General Manager, leads by example by driving a Mitsubishi Outlander electric car. And this year the hotel built three charging points onsite where the public can recharge their electric cars. Public trains are located near the hotel and train schedules can be viewed on a dedicated screen in the lobby. Furthermore, bikes are available for hire as well as electric boats or sloepen that can be used to explore the city’s canals.

Community development is another priority that contributes to the local economy. Mövenpick Hotel Den Haag-Voorburg supports the Board of MKB that aims to reduce unemployment in the region. The hotel also sponsors various charitable causes and provided guest rooms for Foundation ‘Doe een Wens’, an organization that assists people with Cystic Fibrosis.

Energy, water and waste are monitored regularly and reduction targets set in these three key areas. To conserve energy consumption the hotel has a Building Maintenance System in place that centrally controls air conditioning and heating at the property. In addition, LED lighting, timers and motion sensors are installed around most of the property with other areas gradually being phased in over time.

Water saving devices are fitted on shower heads, taps and toilets in guest rooms and in public areas. In guest rooms this equates to a saving of up to 15% in overall water usage. To further conserve water, the hotel has its own energy saving plan. Guests can have their linen and towels laundered every other day rather than daily. Another innovative idea is used in Green Meetings where delegates are provided with bottled water filled at the hotel. Any remaining drinkable water is offered to staff members rather than simply disposing of it and wasting this natural resource.

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