Jamaican Cardiff Hotel & Spa demonstrates Best Environmental Practices

Jamaican Cardiff Hotel & Spa demonstrates Best Environmental Practices
May 31, 2013 Arton Kabashi

Green Globe Member, the Cardiff Hotel & Spa in St. Ann, Jamaica, has implemented a number of environmentally friendly initiatives, resulting in resource conservation and preservation of biodiversity. In line with the ‘Eco Movement’ in Jamaica, the entire team at this luxurious garden property is fully committed to strengthen their involvement in sustainable initiatives, and engage in sustainable practices. The outstanding team efforts recently earned Green Globe certification.

“Despite the challenges of the harsh economic climate for a small hotel as ours, we stand firm behind our commitment towards our sustainability goals in an effort to bring about positive environmental and social impacts,” said Michelle Thame, General Manager at the Cardiff Hotel & Spa. “Our role here at the Cardiff is quite unique as we are in a position not only to implement changes to protect our environment, but to make lifelong behavioral changes through our training interactions, which is critical in achieving environmental sustainability. Our Green Team continuously strives to find new avenues for improvements to achieve the best possible results.”

The Cardiff Hotel & Spa, along with its training division, the Runaway Bay HEART* Training Institute, make it an ideal environment for staff, students and guests to be exposed to best environmental practices. Some of these best practices include the recycling of organic waste and landscape debris, paper recycling in all departments, the hotel garden producing culinary herbs and vegetables to be used in preparation of healthy, local cuisine served at the hotel restaurant, and a linen and towel reuse program. Energy efficient lighting is used throughout the entire property, and older air conditioner units have been replaced with inverter units to reduce energy consumption.
*HEART – the Human Employment and Resource Training Trust National Training Agency, established in 1982 – known to most Jamaicans as HEART – focuses primarily on stimulating economic growth and job creation. This can be achieved through the creation of a highly skilled, productive, and competitive workforce.

The property is closely involved with the local community, and is dedicated to implement environmental programs to other facilities under the HEART program. Awareness is promoted through a variety of actions, such as international coastal clean-up days or tree planting days. Cardiff’s CSR efforts primarily focus on early childhood and educational development, and the Cardiff Hotel & Spa adopted two schools in 2002 and 2012: Hoolebury Primary School and Salem Basic School. In conjunction with the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, school enhancement projects, educational seminars on sustainability, as well as annual “treats” are conducted on a regular basis. The overall goal is to stimulate the learning experience and deepen awareness for environmental issues and their impacts.

About Cardiff Hotel & Spa
Nestled amidst the hills of Cardiff Hall, Runaway Bay, St. Ann – the Cardiff Hotel & Spa is a closely guarded secret. Ideally located within both, Donald Sangster and Ian Fleming International Airports, the hotel is in close proximity to some of Jamaica’s world famous attractions. Guest rooms are situated in four two-story blocks throughout this eco-friendly resort. The property features 12 junior suites, each with its own kind of décor, and 44 beautifully appointed deluxe and ultra-deluxe rooms – all with private balconies an ocean/garden view. Guests can enjoy contemporary Jamaican cuisine at the on-site restaurant “Isabella’s”. The Cardiff Hotel & Spa is a perfect hidden treasure – whether you seek a secluded hideaway, an intimate setting for a special occasion, or a professional atmosphere for a corporate event.

Karen Sharpe-Williams
Environmental Officer
Runaway Bay HEART Hotel & Training Institute
P.O. Box 98
St. Ann
Tel. (876) 973 6671 Ext. 405
Fax (876) 973 4572
Email: Karen_Sharpe@heart-nta.org

About Green Globe Certification
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