In recognition of the efficient use of energy, the Heritance Kandalama and Seyshelles Hotel Pvt Ltd were presented with the Gold Award in the Hotels category at the Vidulka Awards Ceremony held at the BMICH, Colombo recently. Sri Lankan Catering won Gold in the Construction sector. Vidulka Exhibition and Energy Efficiency Awards ceremony is an annual event organized by the Ministry of Power and Energy and the Sustainable Energy Authority, to showcase novel inventions in the power and energy sector and appreciate and honor organizations that give priority to the conserving of energy. The winner of the Silver Medal was Brandix company in Ratmalana from the production sector, The Tea Factory Hotel from the Hotel Sector and Hatton National Bank and Nikini Automation Systems (Pvt) Ltd. from the Business Construction sector. The Bronze Medal was won by Phoenix Company from the Production sector and Ahungalla Heritance from the Hospitality sector. Designed by world renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, the Gold award winner - Heritance Kandalama - adopts a unique Green Philosophy combining responsible tourism with environment friendliness. The eco design accommodates maximum natural light thereby enabling more energy conservation. The Green philosophy advocated by Heritance Kandalama includes saving energy, renewable energy, saving water, waste reduction and recycling and reusing. The hotel monitors and keeps accurate records on all energy saving practices followed, which are audited through internal audits as per the environmental management systems. Heritance has been certified for ISO 14001 and Earth Check Silver certification. It follows a zero waste policy, were one hundred percent waste material is recycled and converted to a resource. No waste is dumped as garbage. The 152-roomed Heritance Kandalama is built on the natural configuration of the outspread wings of a bird and located between two rocks and rises up to seven floors. Yet, when viewed from outside the Hotel appears be a natural extension of the mountains, covered by native plants, which is home to many species. The unique design also facilitates the free movement of animals underneath the hotel, thereby not disturbing the natural eco system. The Eco Park, which is open to the public as an educational experience, includes a waste separation center, a sewage treatment plant, plant nursery, herbal garden, eco museum and library and recycled waste paper making with elephant dung.