The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Bay Gar­dens Re­sorts an­nounced ear­lier this week that all three of its ho­tels (Bay Gar­dens Ho­tel, Bay Gar­dens Inn and the Bay Gar­dens Beach Re­sort & Spa) had achieved Green Globe cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Green Globe is the global cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for sus­tain­able tourism. Travel and tourism busi­nesses are rig­or­ously as­sessed on their sus­tain­abil­ity per­for­mance as an or­ga­ni­za­tion, along with their sup­ply chain part­ners.

The move to­ward cer­ti­fi­ca­tion took a sig­nif­i­cant ef­fort from all lev­els of the or­ga­ni­za­tion. It be­gan with ed­u­ca­tion of the over 240 team mem­bers to sen­si­tize them of the need to en­grain the green con­cept into the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s cul­ture and their daily lives.

Bay Gar­dens Re­sorts’ Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Sanovnik Des­tang com­mented on the achieve­ment: “The move came as a con­scious decision from the board mem­bers of the company to make a com­mit­ment to pre­serv­ing, con­serv­ing and sus­tain­ing our lit­tle slice of par­adise. Over the past few months, our or­ga­ni­za­tion has com­mit­ted over EC$140,000 to­ward our green­ing ef­forts. This in­cludes, but is not limited to, switch­ing out con­ven­tional air con­di­tion­ing units for more ef­fi­cient in­verter units, switch­ing to LED light­ing, im­ple­ment­ing a re­cy­cling plan, work­ing more closely with our lo­cal agri­cul­ture sec­tor and more. Due to the cost-sen­si­tive na­ture of go­ing green, we have adopted a phased ap­proach and will con­tinue in our ef­forts to main­tain our cer­ti­fi­ca­tion through the years.”

The Bay Gar­dens Ho­tel and Inn scored 76%, with the Bay Gar­dens Beach Re­sort & Spa scor­ing 78% - both of which are above the in­dus­try av­er­age of 60-65%. Green Globe con­tin­u­ally as­sesses its mem­bers ev­ery two years to en­sure that they have con­sis­tently main­tained and im­proved all of the en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial prac­tices re­quired.

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