Green Globe has announced recertification of the Half Moon Club - a Rock Resort - in Jamaica.
For the past few years, this Caribbean resort has been dedicated to protect and preserve the environment, incorporating the best possible sustainable practices.
“We are thrilled to receive this mark of distinction as it represents the commitment of our board of directors and management to employ sound environmental practices,” said Aram Zerunian, general manager at the Half Moon Club Resort.
“More importantly, it represents the commitment of our staff to implement and drive the small measures, enforce larger policies and practices and reach out to the community to integrate these positive practices that are all good for us.”
A long-term sustainability management system is in effect at the Half Moon Club Resort, and a dedicated eco-team monitors the progress of green measures, shaping and realising environmental goals set forth by the property.
Some of Half Moon’s sustainable practices include a towel reuse program, the use of horse manure from the equestrian centre to condition soil in nursery and gardens, installation of low-energy light bulbs throughout the resort, and a comprehensive waste management program.
Guests are invited to learn about the history and eco-system of the area, and participate in community activities.
The purchasing policy favours local suppliers, and the property’s organic herbal garden provides ingredients for delectable meals offered at the resort’s restaurants.
Half Moon’s eco-friendly operations go hand-in-hand with its community outreach programs, supported by management and staff alike.
The Pack for a Purpose program gives travellers the opportunity to contribute to the needs of less fortunate children in the countries they visit, and Half Moon is partnering with the neighbouring all-age town school.
In April 2011, Half Moon initiated the Guest Dollar Donation Program, where guests visiting the property were invited to donate $1 per room, per night to implement a mooring buoy system deployment at the Montego Bay Marine Park Trust.
The trust, which has been operating for over 20 years, is responsible for implementing measures to protect and restore a healthy eco-system in the resort town of Montego Bay.
Green Globe Certification chief executive, Guido Bauer, commented: “We are delighted to award re-certification to the Half Moon Club Resort in Jamaica.
“This property is mindful of the importance of sustaining the environment to benefit local communities, guests, and future generations.
“I am very impressed with the resort’s environmental preservation efforts, and the commitment of the team of staff volunteers, headed by the environmental manager.”