Half Moon Jamaica Awarded High Green Globe Compliance Score
The Half Moon Jamaica resort has recently been awarded a Green Globe compliance score of 88 percent for its environmental and sustainable practices. The luxury resort has recently undertaken a turtle-watching programme that will help protect critically endangered Hawksbill Turtles. The seven-month programme enables the turtles to have a safe journey from beaches to the sea, and guests can take part in the experience.
The Half Moon Jamaica resort is renowned for its luxury accommodation and facilities and picturesque beachfront setting. Now, the upscale resort has also been recognised for its environmental practices and management by Green Globe.
The resort, which sits on 400 acres of lush grounds along a two-mile-long beachfront in Montego Bay, Jamaica, was awarded an impressive Green Globe compliance score of 88 percent. Over the past year, the resort’s management and team has focused a variety of environmental and community initiatives.
These include a recent turtle-watching programme that helps endangered hawksbills Turtles cross the beaches safely to the sea. Running for around seven months of the year, the project involves creating a safe environment for the turtles to lay their eggs on the beaches. Experts identify and monitor the nests, and help with the release of hatchlings to the sea. The data is also shared with the local environment agency to help track the species. Guests and resort staff are informed on best practices regarding turtle safety and are alerted to possible nesting sites on the beach.
“As a company that is committed to sustainable tourism, we are happy to have successfully completed the re-certification program with Green Globe.”
Commented Sandro Fabris, the General Manager at Half Moon resort.
“The environment is the core of our business and our continual efforts are a small price to pay to ensure that we look after and preserve it. This achievement will also serve as a reward to our hardworking staff members who make certain that we reuse, recycle and conserve in every possible way that we can.”
The beachfront resort also operates activities involving the wider community in Jamaica. The SOS Children’s Village has been a part of Half Moon’s charitable scheme since 1972. The village provides a home for orphaned and abandoned children, and Half Moon recently refurbished the accommodation for the children and their caregivers. Half Moon also provides financial assistance every month, and they offer mentorship programme, plus the chance for children from the home to enjoy a day of fun at the resort every month.
At the resort, a series of initiatives and schemes are in place to reduce waste, conserve energy, and minimize negative environmental impacts. The property recycles used cooking oil through RYCo Jamaica Ltd, who use it locally as a raw material to manufacture animal feed. Since the start of 2018, nearly five tons of paper, cardboard and plastic have been collected for recycling at the resort. In the kitchen, waste is recycled by Carib Share Bio-Gas, who convert the biodegradable waste into biogas which is then used to generate electricity.
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