Agape Cottages, Tortola: First property in the BVI achieves Green Globe Certification
Issued Oct 04, 2012, 10:00 am ET Los Angeles, CA — Green Globe Certification
Green Globe announces certification of Agape Cottages vacation apartments in Tortola, British Virgin Islands (BVI). In conjunction with the British Virgin Island Tourist Board (BVI Tourist Board) Agape Cottages owners have been working on a ‘Sustainability Pilot Program’, and the property has etched its mark in the territory’s environmental movement.
“Being the first property in the British Virgin Islands to be Green Globe certified is an achievement that we are very proud of. This certification signifies that we are doing the right thing for the environment and the community. Green Globe is a tool that can help properties to become more aware by showing them ways in which they can maximize their resources,” said Donna Abraira, owner of Agape Cottages. “I feel it’s extremely important that we take care of our God given assets.”
Agape Cottages implemented a comprehensive environmental management system to continually reduce the usage of water, energy, production and packaging materials. Energy goals are strictly monitored and benchmarked. Guests are invited to join local environmental and community-related activities, and a comprehensive communication strategy is in effect to promote the property’s sustainability policies and initiatives. Eco-friendly and fair trade products are being purchased where possible, local suppliers are given preference. Agape Cottages has a proper waste sorting system in place, composting is done within the complex and nurtures the resort’s own green garden.
The BVI is one of the Caribbean’s leading tourism destinations and the BVI Tourist Board supports Sustainable Tourism Principles. “The BVI Tourist Board takes great pride in Agape Cottages’ success and we will continue in our efforts to improve the territory’s environmental performance. We encourage all properties in the territory to join Agape Cottages and reduce their environmental impact by implementing green practices and becoming Green Globe certified,” said Natasha Chalwell, Policy and Product Development Manager with the BVI Tourist Board.
Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Guido Bauer, commented, “We are extremely pleased to award the certification to the Agape Cottages in the British Virgin Islands. This property complies with an impressive 90% against our Green Globe Certification sustainability criteria. The Agape Cottages owners are committed to educate all their business associates and suppliers to enhance awareness and integrating environmental protection into their daily routine.”
About Agape Cottages
Agape Cottages is a family-owned business, offering seven self-contained apartments. Each of the one or two-bedroom units comes comfortably furnished and includes a living room, kitchen, bath and air-conditioned bedrooms. Guests can enjoy beautiful views of Cane Garden’s palm-covered beach from their private balcony or patio. Cane Garden Bay is one of the most picturesque beaches in the British Virgin Islands. Nestled quaintly on the north shore of Tortola, this island village guarantees sun-drenched vacations in a purely relaxed fashion: White sandy beach, aquamarine waters and fabulous swimming conditions. Evening entertainment includes several open-air beach front restaurants and dining under the stars, or listening to a steel drum band while dancing barefoot in a tropical garden restaurant.
Donna Abraira (owner)
PO Box 545
Cane Garden Bay,
Tortola, VG 1130
British Virgin Islands
Phone: (284) 495 4825
About Green Globe Certification
Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe Certification is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations Foundation. For information visit www.greenglobe.com
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