Green Globe today announced certification of the resort Half Moon on the northern coast of Jamaica. The resort achieved 82 percent compliance against the Green Globe Standard for Sustainable Travel and Tourism.
With a comprehensive Sustainability Management Plan in place, Half Moon was able to lower energy costs significantly, through replacing light bulbs with low-energy light bulbs, irrigating the property with more than 130,000 gallons of treated waste water per day, and implementing an excellent midnight light reduction policy – at night the resort uses only 15-20 percent of the lighting in place during the day. Half Moon´s new management company, RockResorts, supports all sustainable efforts through training and assistance in engineering, IT, and various other departments.
Aram Zerunian, General Manager of Half Moon, said: “We are thrilled to receive this mark of distinction, because it represents the commitment of our board of directors and management to implement sound environmental practices. More importantly, it represents the commitment of our staff to implement the small measures, enforce larger policies, and reach out to the community.”
Through Half Moon´s community outreach program, the luxury resort has completed several environmental projects, such as the staging of an annual symposium and poster competition in recognition of Earth Day. The resort also partners with the local Barrett Town All Age School to carry out the “Pack for a Purpose” program, which aims to solicit donations of school and medical supplies. Most of the school´s 330 students are not able to afford enough school materials through their parents; pencils are often cut in half to be shared, and the school, owned and operated by the government of Jamaica, greatly lacks resources to provide missing supplies.