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CO2-neutrale hoteller / Alto Hotel on Bourke

We strive to achieve international best practice in use of energy, water and waste disposal on a guest-per-night standard

Environment Policy

Following consideration of the importance of environmental sustainability and a commitment to be a benefit to the MELBOURNE CBD community, ALTO HOTEL on BOURKE is committed to striving to achieve environmental and social sustainability for our 4 star boutique apartment-hotel.

Alto Hotel is situated in the CBD of Melbourne and is therefore in a very urban location, surrounded by large office buildings, civic facilities such as Southern Cross Railway Station and Etihad Stadium. Alto Hotel stands out amongst most of these buildings due to its heritage, neo baroque façade, the lead-light windows and original terrazzo foyer acknowledging its first occupier, the Australian Railways Union.
Alto Hotel commits to continually improve its environmental and social sustainability performance.
The environmental commitment extends to savings in energy, water conservation and minimization of waste-to-landfill.

Alto Hotel on Bourke will comply with all relevant legislation and regulations. We strive to achieve international best practice in use of energy, water and waste disposal on a guest-per-night standard
We have appointed Gary Stickland, General Manager of Alto Hotel who is assisted by Green Team leader, whom have responsibility for ensuring ongoing environmental performance, identification of environmental risks, recording and monitoring of impacts and implementing environmental and social sustainability measures.

Special consideration will be given to employing and empowering staff and whenever practical and environmentally sustainable, products and services will be sourced locally and or Fair Trade certification.
We encourage staff to present our commitment to environmental and social sustainability and our benchmarked / certified status under the EarthCheck program to our guests, suppliers, contractors, agents and travel industry partners.


The idea of building an eco friendly hotel in a CBD location stems from a commitment by Suzanne and Ricardo Krauskopf, the developers of the hotel, to a combination of sustainable policies within a commercial environment.

With this in mind, they purchased the Unity Hall building at 636 Bourke St in 1999, formerly headquarters of the Australian Railways Union.

The final drive to make the investment came from the commitment by AAA Tourism to a GREEN STARS – ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLTY HOTEL policy. Under this AAA Tourism policy, qualifying hotels are awarded a Green Star – Environmentally Friendly status and permission to display the Green Star logo; Alto Hotel has satisfied these criteria as well as achieving a 4 star rating.

Environmentally Friendly Hotels must achieve adequate points against a set of practical environmental criteria. These criteria include energy efficiency, waste minimisation and water management.

Today Alto Hotel is a 50 room boutique apartment hotel providing accommodation services as well as on site dining and room service. Facilities include 24 hour reception, car & bicycle parking plus EV charging station, a relaxation room with auto massage chairs.

We have taken the initial steps of becoming a sustainable tourism product. From here, our strategy is to monitor and revise as required our operations to be at the forefront of new developments.

As part of this process, we participate in a range of programs such as – AAA Tourism Green Stars - Environmentally Friendly program, City of Melbourne – 1200 Buildings program. VECCI (Victorian Employer Chamber of Commerce and Industry) - Grow Me The Money and EarthCheck.

We have become NABERS 6 GREEN STAR CERTIFIED for energy through Melbourne City Council’s ‘1200 Buildings’ program. Having the hotel’s environmental status formally recognised and evaluated will add weight to the property’s value.

In conclusion, we believe what we are working towards is the future of our industry and that we have chosen to be leaders and innovators.

Gary Stickland, General Manager
December 2014

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