The Rockhouse 10th Annual Green Challenge Quiz was held on October 10th, 2019 in Negril. The competition was first conceptualised after the Rockhouse Hotel received its inaugural Green Globe Certification in 2009. The quiz focuses on boosting environmental awareness and conservation practices amongst primary school students and is held each year at the Negril Branch Library, a building created by the Rockhouse Foundation.
Ruel Rowe, Environmental Manager at the hotel said, “The aim of the competition is to raise awareness in schools because the children are the future. Negril is a fragile ecosystem that depends heavily on tourism to thrive. So as most of the children here will probably end up working in the industry, we need to preserve the environment for the industry to remain viable.”
Several teams of children from local schools in western Jamaica eagerly participated in this exciting event, namely Little Bay All Age, Sheffield Primary, Negril All-Age, Mount Airy, Little London Primary, Moreland Hill Primary and Revival All-Age.
The Quiz Master was none other than Daina Phang, Human Resource Manager from the Rockhouse Hotel while the Judges roles were filled by Sasha Rhynie from the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and Diana Holgate from the Forestry Department of Jamaica
Dozens of children bravely battled each other during an intense, nail biting, sweaty hands-on-buzzers competition and the final winners announced. Little London Primary snatched the trophy taking first place. They earned their name in the library’s display along with J$20,000 for their school fund and a trip to Kool Running’s Water Park. Second place went to Moreland Hill Primary receiving J$15,000 for their school fund, and a trip to the amazing Dolphin Cove. Mount Airy Primary came in third, winning J$10,000 for their school fund along with a trip to Jamwest Adventure Park.
Recycled Art Prize
Students could also participate in an art competition with entries made entirely out of salvaged materials. Sheffield All Age School was awarded a J$5,000 cash prize for the most outstanding and imaginative creation.
Rockhouse Hotel’s Green Approach
Rockhouse has been Green Globe Certified for over a decade and strives to achieve the best environmental practices across its entire operations. The hotel minimizes its use of natural resources, air emissions, and hazardous materials, and monitors and records environmental performance relative to its goals with a continuous commitment to improved practices. Composting, recycling and minimizing waste are at the core of all operations that includes an onsite organic farm, woodwork shop, candle making facility and a natural spa products lab.