Our Commitment to Sustainability
As a UNESCO World Heritage Site and located in Banff National Park, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise recognizes the importance of environmental sustainability and preserving the natural environment for future generations. Because of this responsibility, the Chateau has kept sustainability as a core business value, and has been recognized globally for its sustainable practices.
5 Green Key Eco-rating
In 2005, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise was awarded a rating of 5 Green Keys from the Hotel Association of Canada’s Green Key Eco-Rating Program. The Chateau was the very first hotel in Canada to receive a 5 Green Key rating, the highest possible rating in the program. We are so proud to announce Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise has once again received a rating of 5 Green Keys for 2022! To learn more about the program, please visit their website.
No Net Negative Environmental Impact
For over 10 years, the Chateau has incorporated “No Net Negative Environmental Impact” practices into all hotel operations. The purpose of the NNNEI is to ensure we are minimizing our impact on nature. The NNNEI results are reported on a yearly basis to Parks Canada.
To show our commitment to the fight against climate change, the Chateau purchases 50% of its electricity from wood biomass generated Green Power and has installed various energy-efficient heating sources. Between 2019 and 2021, the building management control systems were upgraded to allow better control and have more energy efficient operations.
Water-saving fixtures can be found all throughout the property. The installation of low flush toilets and showerheads helps us to save 3.9 gallons of water per flush and 1.5 gallons of water per minute from the showers. Between 2015 and 2021, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise has reduced water consumption by 20,000 m³.
Left-over soap, hygiene products, linens and lost and found items that would otherwise be discarded from guest rooms are donated to the Soap For Hope Canada, which processes and distributes amenities to community facilities serving vulnerable individuals throughout Canada and impoverished nations around the globe. The Chateau is proudly active as a caring community partner.
Our culinary team is delighted to serve local, organic, and/or sustainable menu items whenever possible. We have multiple partners throughout the province to use the highest quality, locally sourced Alberta beef. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise also participates in the Ocean Wise sustainability food program.
The Fairmont CAREs Program – Westslope Cutthroat Trout Restoration Project aims to preserve one of the few naturally occurring wild trout in western Canada. Provincially listed as threatened in Alberta, they now occupy less than 10% of their historic range. Since 2012, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise has donated over $12,000 to fund Parks Canada’s Westslope Cutthroat Trout Restoration project in Banff National Park