Nottingham is a place that’s on a mission to become the UK’s first carbon-neutral city by 2028, with unprecedented levels of investment in an award-winning, clean and green public transport system, electric vehicles and sustainable energy sources.
Hart’s believes it also has a responsibility to protect the local and global environment in which it operates. We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and working towards becoming a more sustainable business.
Some of our current practices include:
- LED low energy light bulbs have been installed throughout the hotel – 95% complete
- In 2019 a new boiler with AHU & BMS controls has been fitted which monitors temperature inside and out so it provides the optimum room temperature for our guests.
- We have fitted thermostatic radiator valves in all bedrooms, so guests can control their heating
- Our kitchen is run by electric only, we do not use gas
- All rooms have showers as well as baths to encourage water saving
- We have combi showers which means less energy wastage
- We recycle printer cartridges
- We recycle glass & cardboard waste
- We use reusable glass water bottles
- We have replaced plastic straws with quality paper straws
- Food waste is minimal as we use local, seasonal produce and our menu changes daily to reflect ingredients
- We refill our miniature L’Occitane toiletries to reduce the amount of plastic waste
- Leftovers are packaged up for customers to take home if requested
- All of our kitchen oil is collected for recycling
- Our brochure is available as a PDF format on our website
- We use environmentally friendly paper from FSC certified paper mills
- Email communication is printed only when necessary
- Our cleaning products are all environmentally friendly
- We can provide information on local walks and parks to visit
- We are a member of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
- We source from local suppliers wherever possible
- We sponsor the Park Community Garden
- Regular donations are given to local charities and projects
- The building is a narrow plan building meaning it can easily be ventilated without air conditioning.
- The exterior of the hotel is finished in an insulating render system for improved thermal performance and to help reduce carbon emissions.
- The walls are made from 215 heavy masonry blockwork with the external insulation system on the outside. This is very important because it means that the mass of the walls (which is substantial) are available to slow the temperature change within the building. This means the building will stay cooler for longer when it is hot outside and the structure will store heat in the winter when it is cold outside.
- The hotel roof is stainless steel which is a green material and its longevity makes it a sustainable product.
- We have minimum powered extract in the bathrooms as the design of the hotel maximises the number of bathrooms with windows.
- The windows in the most case face east or west and are shaded from the south by other parts of the building or by setting them in deep reveals.
- The floor to ceiling windows and louvres were designed to maximise natural daylight and give variable ventilation to all the rooms. The louvre system allows cool air into the rooms at night without the risk of intruders and / or insects etc. This helps take away any heat absorbed by the structure in the daytime during the summer.
We will raise awareness, encourage participation and train employees in environmental matters.
We will regularly review and continuously seek to improve our environmental performance through the establishment and regular review of our policy.
We know we still have a way to go but every little will help and we’d like to make our guests and staff and suppliers proud of what we are doing.
Plastic is a massive issue and the David Attenborough effect is a big inspiration for everyone to make a difference.
Green Policy for our Guests
We would like to enlist the help of our guests in achieving our aims by asking them to:
- Turn off lights when leaving the room.
- Turn off the television when leaving the room.
- Turn off taps.
- Turn off heating when a window or door is open.
- Leave newspapers out of the bins so they can be collected separately by the housekeeping staff and recycled.
Our policy is to ensure that guests have a comfortable stay. Therefore, sheets will be changed on every second day for a long stay guest and towels will be changed on turn down (where necessary) and when the room is cleaned. Guests are asked to place all towels to be changed into the bath.
We believe that this shows our ongoing commitment to ensuring that we operate in a sustainable manner as possible.