Resort dedicated to best sustainable practices
Green Globe recertifies Half Moon Club in Jamaica
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Feb 18, 2013
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LOS ANGELES, California - Green Globe announced re-certification 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 realizing 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 center 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 favors 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 travelers the opportunity to contribute to the needs of less fortunate children in the countries they visit, and Half Moon is partnering with the neighboring 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 CEO, 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.”
ABOUT HALF MOON CLUB RESORT
Half Moon, a Rock Resort, has been setting the standard for luxury Jamaica resorts for more than 50 years. Ideally located on Jamaica’s northern coast, Half Moon’s 400 acres feature beautifully landscaped gardens, 197 luxury guest rooms, and 33 white-washed luxury villas, surrounded by two miles of private shoreline – known as one of the finest stretches of beach in Jamaica. The property offers an array of activities, including six signature Jamaican fine-dining restaurants and eight bars. The state-of-the-art, 68,000-square-foot Fern Tree spa facility makes it the most comprehensive spa resort in Jamaica. Half Moon is the only resort that features a natural dolphin lagoon, where guests can meet, swim with, and even kiss resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Guests can also enjoy one of Half Moon’s 54 swimming pools, most of which are attached to private villas and guest rooms.
ABOUT GREEN GLOBE CERTIFICATION
Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally-accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA, and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe Certification is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations Foundation. For information, visit www.greenglobe.com