Half Moon voted Ja­maica’s Most Eco-Sus­tain­able Re­sort

Jamaica Gleaner - - HOSPITALITY JAMAICA - Clau­dia Gard­ner Hos­pi­tal­ity Ja­maica Writer

THE HALF Moon in Mon­tego Bay, for the sec­ond time, earned the ac­co­lades as Ja­maica’s Best Eco/Sus­tain­able Ho­tel at the 2016 Gleaner Hos­pi­tal­ity Ja­maica Awards.

Ac­cord­ing to mar­ket­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Laura Red­path, it is a recog­ni­tion that the ho­tel is thrilled to have earned again, es­pe­cially in light of its con­sis­tent en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship and sus­tain­able tourism prac­tices.

“It is great to be recog­nised for our ef­forts in eco-sus­tain­abil­ity, and this award is a re­minder that we must con­tinue our vig­i­lance in this area,” Red­path said.

The 400-acre prop­erty, which is now in its 62nd year of op­er­a­tion, has been un­flinch­ing in its bid to in­te­grate en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion ef­forts and green ini­tia­tives within its op­er­a­tions. In fact, so com­pre­hen­sive is its con­ser­va­tion ef­forts that ev­ery sin­gle de­part­ment at the ho­tel and even its guests are in­volved.


Half Moon has an im­pres­sive and unique raft of re­cy­cling ini­tia­tives. Among them are a fab­ric re­cy­cling/re­use pro­gramme in which old beach tow­els are con­verted to clean­ing cloths and old linen is con­verted to stuffed toys; as well as an­other, where shred­ded paper from the ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices is sold to lo­cal fu­neral homes or used as padding for trans­port­ing of guests’ craft items. In ad­di­tion, wood chips from the fur­ni­ture shop are used as mulch in land­scap­ing, at the Eques­trian Cen­tre as horse bed­ding and also for toy-mak­ing, while horse dung is used as or­ganic fer­tiliser at the plant nurs­ery.

Half Moon is also con­tribut­ing to sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture as ap­prox­i­mately 90 per cent of its food is bought from lo­cal providers. Waste cook­ing oil is used in the man­u­fac­tur­ing of poul­try feed and waste auto oil in the man­u­fac­tur­ing of bio-diesel, while old bat­ter­ies are sent off prop­erty for re­cy­cling.

Where util­i­ties are con­cerned, Half Moon has re­placed high­wattage light bulbs with low-en­ergy ones, which has re­sulted in a sharp re­duc­tion in en­ergy con­sump­tion. Wa­ter con­ser­va­tion and re­cy­cling has also been given para­mount im­por­tance as treated waste wa­ter is also used in prop­erty ir­ri­ga­tion in­stead of potable wa­ter.

The Gleaner Com­pany (Me­dia) Limited’s managing di­rec­tor, Christo­pher Barnes (left) presents the ‘Most Eco/Sus­tain­able Ho­tel’ award to Half Moon’s Ar­lien Dyer and Con­roy Thomp­son.

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