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March 14, 2013

Qatar Green Building Council Renews Partnership With Leading Hotel

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Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) and the Wyndham Grand Regency Doha Hotel (WGRH) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to renew the hotel’s status as hospitality partner for the council in 2013.

Under the agreement, the two organizations will collaborate to disseminate environmental knowledge, promote awareness of key sustainability issues, and encourage youth involvement in the country’s green projects.

“QGBC is devoted to helping the hospitality sector reduce pollution and other harmful environmental effects generated by hotel operations. Through this renewed partnership, we will work together to develop sustainable practices and green targets for the hotel that still successfully deliver economic benefits,” said Eng. Rasha K Al Sulaiti, Vice-Chairperson of QGBC and Project Management Director at Qatar Foundation’s Capital Projects and Facilities Management division.

QGBC recently launched a Green Hotel Interest Group to encourage best green practices across the nation’s expanding hospitality sector.

A leading member of the interest group, WGRH has already made significant progress in ‘greening’ its operations. Power consumption from room lighting has been reduced by around 75 percent due to its decision to install energy-efficient lamps. The hotel also separates its garbage into paper, plastic and glass and carefully prepares buffets for total guest count to help ensure food is not wasted.

The MoU was signed by Eng. Al Sulaiti and WGRH General Manager Ayman Lotfy at a ceremony on 6 March.