We understand the importance of preserving our earth as best we can, that is why Leopold Sheffield has implemented initiatives to try be as environmentally friendly as possible.
We are delighted to be working with Green Tourism and have been awarded a silver rating. Green Tourism promotes sustainable tourism by giving advice to organisations on how to operate in a more sustainable way. They offer advice on:
- Reducing energy use
- Saving water
- Efficient & eco-friendly waste disposal
- Ethical buying
- Staying local & seasonal
- Minimising food miles
- Promoting biodiversity
- Adopting a smart, sustainable outlook from top to bottom
We only purchase 100% renewable energy for the hotel as a whole. As this is a historic building it is not newly built with an impact on the environment unlike most chain competitor hotels. We also have an area that our guests can use to store bikes and they can be also be secured to our fencing in Leopold Square.
We always try to promote guests use of local partnerships to drive business to the local community. We have a partnership restaurant scheme here where Leopold guests get special privileges’ in local restaurants in partnership with us. Along with this we promote local car parking providers and dry cleaners to our guests. We try to promote local attractions and activity providers to our guests, especially independent ones such as Hagg Lane Alpaca Walking and Ringinglow Archery. We also stock Sheffield Gin in our bar which is locally produced.
We share our green journey information and discussions included on all corporate show arounds, we also keep our guests up to date on all sustainability programmes on our meetings agents.
On our post stay emails we ask about how important is Green to our customers and does it influence their decision on where they stay and is there anything that we could introduce following any recommendations from guests.
We try to encourage minimalised use of transportation in the hotel so we offer complimentary bike secure storage and promote the use of the local supertram in guest stay packages.
We also take in guest luggage when arriving on early trains before check-in is possible, this assists many of our London based corporates massively and avoids them having to take luggage to work offices.
In terms of operations within the hotel, we have implemented initiatives to reduce waste. We have recycling stations for all departments in place. Single use plastics have been minimised with paper straws, glasses in bedrooms and guest water in glass bottles. The bins in guest bedrooms have recycling inserts so that we can dispose of all items correctly. We provide recycled note paper in meeting rooms for delegate use and note pads are removed from all bedrooms to avoid waste. There is a one pillow option in place for sole occupants. We have set up a scheme which offers guests a drink in lieu of their room been serviced daily to decrease our use of linen, chemicals and water.
Maintenance and Cleaning
We always try to reduce overuse of chemicals in our daily maintenance and cleaning activities where possible. We use Eco-friendly cleaning products throughout the hotel. There is Signage in all bedrooms to encourage our guests to re-use linen and towels on multiple night stays. We have multiple use toiletries in all bedrooms and all individual stock items donated for local charity causes. We also have upgraded our air conditioning to positively impact on energy consumption and motion censored lighting in all hallways.
We understand the importance of training and development so we are continuously providing training for our staff where necessary. We provide online training to all staff members plus in person training across department teams. We also have a Green Team that shares best practices and ideas that we can all implement.