Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts – 16 years of Green Globe certification
Bucuti&Tara Beach Resorts was recently re-certified by Green Globe, marking sixteen years of continual accreditation.
Ewald Biemans, noted environmentalist and owner of Bucuti&Tara Beach Resorts said, “Green certified standards, such as those provided by Green Globe, are valuable tools to measure and improve environmental impacts, which is imperative to developing environmentally-friendly habits, establishing benchmarks and achieving realistic expectations.
“The certification promotes consistent best practices and helps to guide our resort on our journey toward environmental and social sustainability, and more effectively cope with the impacts of climate change. We believe that a rewarding vacation and sustainable tourism can be mutually inclusive,” added Mr. Biemans.
The resort has focused on a number of environmental issues and improved water and energy management initiatives that will benefit the community at large.
Aruba’s long battle with the overpopulation of dogs and cats has a new ally. Bucuti&Tara Beach Resorts teamed up with all island veterinarians to help reduce the number of homeless dogs and cats in Aruba, and to make responsible pet ownership a reality. Introducing “Love me. Sterilize me” (Stimami, Sterilisami) this new community outreach provides island dogs (“crioyo”) and cats with much needed spay and neutering surgeries thanks to generous subsidies provided in part from Bucuti. The program makes sterilization more affordable by significantly reducing the price of surgery for pet owners and organizations caring for homeless animals.
Pet owners and charity animal organizations can easily go to the program’s dedicated website, www.stimamisterilisami.com , register each pet, select a veterinarian and schedule the procedure. The veterinarian charges them a nominal fee for the surgery and invoices Bucuti for the balance. In addition, Bucuti is also donating microchips that can be implanted into dogs during the operation. Although the program was launched just over a week ago, already over 400 applications have been processed.
In line with its water saving strategies, Bucuti recently pledged to be part of the Water Sense H20tel Challenge, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiative to track water efficiency using performance measures and reducing consumption. Bucuti is the only resort outside of North America participating as of late 2015. The elements of this program complement and broaden initiatives Bucuti has in place including the use of water efficient equipment (HAACP-approved faucets, toilets and shower heads) and the repurposing of gray or recaptured water.
Refillable water containers are another smart initiative at the resort. Upon arrival, each guest receives a reusable water canteen to eliminate the impact of waste and pollution caused by plastic bottles. Guests proudly tote the canteens throughout their stay, refilling them at the four on-property water fountains offering Aruba’s clean, safe water. The resort is elated that guests consider the canteen a favorite vacation keepsake and choose to take their canteen home with them to continue their conservation efforts.
Bucuti hosts approximately 193 guests on any given day, for an annual total of 70,606 person-days of water consumption. Considering the recommended consumption of 64 oz. of water per person per day, Bucuti potentially reduces the number of plastic bottles by 774 per day or 282,424 bottles per year (based on a 16 oz. plastic bottle). In the six and a half years since the program began, it is estimated that this one small resort with the help of its guests, has kept nearly two million (1,835,756) plastic bottles out of Aruba’s landfill.
Bucuti invites guests to participate in its Green Stay Program, through which they elect to minimize housekeeping services to twice weekly. In addition to conserving water, energy, and cleaning supplies, it also reduces labor requirements. Bed linen is changed only on Wednesday and Saturday (or on request and at check- out). And in-room signage invites guests to join in sustainable efforts by showing guests ways to help save water.
About Green Globe Certification
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