Certified Green Vacations at Bay Gardens Resorts, St Lucia

Certified Green Vacations at Bay Gardens Resorts, St Lucia
November 28, 2014 Bradley Cox

Green Globe announces all three of Bay Gardens Resorts properties – Bay Gardens Hotel, Bay Gardens Inn and Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa – have achieved certification for their sustainable operation and management.

Green Globe is the globally recognized certification program 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 by Bay Gardens Resorts toward certification took a significant effort from all levels of the organization. It began with education of over 240 team members to sensitize them to the need to engrain green concepts into the organization’s culture and their daily lives.

Commenting on this achievement by Bay Gardens Resorts, Executive Director, Sanovnik Destang said, “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 ECD140,000 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, as well as 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. We’re perhaps most proud of the fact that we will be reducing our carbon emissions by 69 metric tons annually,” concluded Executive Director Destang

The Bay Gardens Hotel and Inn scored 76%, with the Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa scoring 78%, against the sustainable tourism criteria of Green Globe’s International Standard. Both these results are above the industry average of 60-65%.

Green Globe continually assesses its members every two years with an on-site inspection to ensure that they have consistently maintained and improved all of the environmental and social practices required.