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December 14, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CANADA’S GREENEST RESORT IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Parkside Victoria Resort & Spa earns 5 Green Key rating from the Green Key Global Eco-Rating Program

Parkside Victoria LogoVictoria, BC– Building Canada’s greenest resort wasn’t the easy thing to do but it was the right thing, and now Parkside Victoria Resort & Spa is being celebrated internationally for its environmental achievements.

Parkside was recently awarded a 5 Green Key rating with the Green Key Global Eco-Rating Program, a rating system designed to recognize the commitment of hotels, motels and resorts to improving their environmental performance.

A hotel with a 5 Green Key rating is described as a hotel that exemplifies the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility. Parkside is one of only two hotels in Victoria to achieve a 5 Green Key rating.

“We’re honoured by the recognition we’ve received – at our company’s core is doing the right thing for the environment and creating buildings that are sustainable and energy efficient,” said CEO of Aviawest Resort Group Jim Pearson, Parkside’s developer and manager.”

Setting a new standard in Canadian resort development, Parkside is targeting LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification, creating a green hotel which combines sustainable design with luxury, world-class comforts and amenities – a first in Canada.

A green building is constructed using environmentally responsible processes and is resource efficient. It is not just about design and construction or operation and maintenance; it’s about the entire life-cycle of the building.

In the case of luxury resorts, green design features are integrated with stunning architecture, luxurious accommodations and an impressive variety of amenities. When done right, green features provide a welcoming space for family vacations and special events.

Not so visible to the naked eye, however, is the fact that waste and materials were diverted from landfills at a rate of 92.3 per cent during Parkside’s construction. When it only needed to divert 75 per cent to meet LEED standards.

The resort’s storm water treatment removes a minimum of 80 per cent of total suspended solids, and it uses a 68,500-gallon storm water tank collection system for irrigation purposes throughout the resort.

While extra care and costs are needed during the design and construction phases of green buildings, the operational costs are less. Total energy cost savings throughout the resort, for example, are estimated at 47 per cent better than the Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB).

Whether viewed poolside or the designer’s chair, green building practices simply make the most sense in a world striving for sustainability. Innovative vacation destinations are revealing that a vacation home away from home can be lavish without being wasteful.

Parkside Victoria Resort & Spa features 126 suites in two towers, which are joined by a green roof glass atrium filled with exotic plants rescued from the former Crystal Garden.

Amenities include an expansive penthouse lounge, rooftop gardens with extensive landscaping, ozonated swimming pool and hot tub, fitness centre, in-house movie theatre and a full-service AquaTerre Spa.

The resort also contains two levels of underground parking complete with space for 20 bicycles and power stations to accommodate electric vehicles.

Media Contact:

Neil Judson, Communications Specialist, Aviawest Resort Group, 250.361.1999 neil.judson@aviawest.com.