Round Hill Hotel & Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica, has been awarded the Green Globe certification for excellence in sustainable tourism after an independent assessment established that the resort meets the requirements of the Green Globe standard. Green Globe is the global benchmarking, certification and improvement system for sustainable travel and tourism. It was developed by the World Travel & Tourism Council in 1994 and expanded in 1999 with the introduction of the Green Globe Standard and commencement of independent auditing.
It includes actual measurement of environmental improvements through benchmarking and the logo can only be used once the resort has passed the required level of performance.
In receiving the certification, Josef Forstmayr, managing director of Round Hill, said: “By working closely with the USAID/Jamaica-funded Environmental Audits for Sustainable Tourism (EAST) project, we have been able to initiate changes over the past few years to meet the Green Globe certification requirements. We have always believed strongly in sound environmental management and the addition of the Green Globe logo on our promotional materials establishes us as a resort that sincerely cares about the environment and the impact of tourism.”
Forstmayr is fully aware that this effort is on-going. He has appointed an environmental officer, Cleveland Wright, to head up Round Hill`s Green Team. The Team consists of members from each of Round Hill’s departments who receive training in these practices and they, in turn, make other employees in their group aware of the importance of this responsibility. Green Globe benchmarks sustainability performance annually by monitoring energy, water, wastewater and solid waste, air quality, biodiversity, resource conservation, and all environmental practices.
Over 50 hotels in Jamaica have received environmental audits and/or assessments and 24 hotels have been Green Globe certified due to the efforts of the EAST project. The project has also included the youth from various communities and will assist in the implementation of the Economic Development Plan which will address increasing employment and new economic opportunities for the region.
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