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The Breakers: Palm Beach Island's Premium Green Destination

The Breakers: Palm Beach Island's Premium Green Destination (Forimmediaterelease.net) If you're looking for a prolific editorial resource on the subject of innovative green initiatives, we would like to introduce you to a passionate champion of green living and steward of green practices at The Breakers Palm Beach. Rick Hawkins, Director of Materials Management and a 34-year veteran of this iconic oceanfront resort, is the green engine behind dozens of innovative programs that pervade every operational area, from golf to guest services to the culinary division.

One of Rick's latest eco-studies was to test a new in-vessel composter. This machine successfully converts food waste and landscape debris into “soil amendment," which is used as fertilizer and mulch - certainly a significant yield for a destination with nine restaurants and sizable banquet operations. According to Rick, “More than 50% of our resort's waste volume is compost-capable!"

We also wanted to update you on the latest green news and most compelling initiatives from The Breakers Palm Beach, a pioneer among eco-minded luxury hotels.

1. Localecopia

Founded in 2008 as an independent, non-profit organization by The Breakers' Rick Hawkins and Geoffrey Sagrans of The Breakers' executive purchasing team. Localecopia plays “matchmaker" between local farmers/organic food producers and area chefs/restaurateurs/hospitality operators, to encourage local sustainable business and food sourcing. This innovative, grassroots advocacy helps chefs buy locally and assists farmers in finding demand for their products, while fostering collaboration on environmental and sustainability programs.

Localecopia works with experts in sustainability, bio-diesel and alternative energy research, and has established key partnerships with the University of Florida, The Florida Culinary Institute, and local government.

For years, Rick and Geoffrey purchased produce directly from small Palm Beach County farms — from Delray Beach to Pahokee to Loxahatchee — for use in the resort's nine restaurants, with produce picked and delivered the same day throughout the South Florida growing season.

2. Green Market

Launched March 2007, and operated solely for employees on Friday afternoons during Florida's growing season (November - May). Modest in size but abundant in offerings, the market's bounty is sourced from select local farms, purchased by The Breakers and sold at cost to team members. Features a cornucopia of organically grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, bottled juices, honey and other locally produced items. Virtually all produce is cultivated within Palm Beach County and delivered within 24 hours of harvest.

3. Organic Herb & Vegetable Garden

Expanded in winter 2007 from its original carnation as an herb garden, this 1,000 sq. ft. garden now cultivates vegetables, a variety of micro greens, herbs and other naturally harvested ingredients on a year-round basis for use in the hotel's restaurants. A collaboration between The Breakers' chefs, landscaping associates, and procurement staff, whose extraordinary dedication and knowledge of best practices in sustainability and dedication is making The Breakers a sanctuary of green cuisine.

4. Rainforest Alliance (RA) Coffee

The Breakers became the first hotel in the world to make RA-certified coffee available to its customers. Rainforest Alliance Certified farms have met rigorous environmental and social standards including biodiversity conservation, worker protection, and healthcare and education for children of farm workers. All nine restaurants, banquets and room service feature this product. Recently, Villa Rey coffee served in The Circle restaurant received “Golden Cup" certification from the Specialty Coffee Association of America for excellence in brewed coffee.

5. Florida Native Plants For Environmentally Friendly Landscaping

Beginning 1996, The Breakers' award-winning landscaping team began a dedicated effort to preserve, conserve and restore the prevalence of native plants throughout the resort property. Species such as Sabal Palm, Thatch Palm, Coco Plum, Sea Grape and others, are not only indigenous to the habitat based on scientific/historical documentation, but they reduce overall maintenance.

6. Reverse Osmosis Irrigation Water

In 2000, The Breakers constructed an on-site deep well and water facility, which converts undrinkable water from an unusable source into irrigation water for the resort property. The well pumps water from 1,100 feet deep, a level where it possesses high salt content making it unsuitable for drinking or irrigation. A reverse osmosis system converts the water into usable irrigation water.

7. Ozone Laundry

In April 2008, The Breakers purchased and installed Ozone washing systems at both of its commercial laundry sites, with the goal of reducing energy usage and greenhouse emissions by decreasing the need for hot water for the majority of the resort's washing machine loads.

In September 2006, The Breakers was awarded Green Lodging certification by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the first hotel in Palm Beach County to receive this designation for its partnership in this voluntary state initiative. In August 2008, the resort became the first hotel in the southeast region to receive the second tier of this certification from the DEP for its improvement in three critical areas: electrical consumption, water usage and waste management.

www.thebreakers.com

The Breakers Palm Beach
One South County Road
Palm Beach, Florida 33480
USA
Phone: 001/561/6536679
Fax: 001/561/6598424
reservations@thebreakers.com
www.thebreakers.com

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