|PHILADELPHIA, PA (July 19, 2005) -- The Caribbean hospitality industry's
growth continues to have a major impact on the environment. Sensitizing
hotels and fostering a way for them to integrate better social and environmental
practices into day-to-day business decisions is a critical first step to
preserve the tropical paradise. Working towards that goal each year, CHA
and American Express recognize those Caribbean hotels that have positioned
themselves at the cutting edge of social and environmental responsibility.
"Being environmentally conscious is not only important to the community,
but it also makes good business sense," says Dee Rodriguez, Vice President
Establishment Services, American Express Latin America and Caribbean Division.
Dominican Republic, in order to ensure our visitors continue to enjoy the
Caribbean beauty. In spite of that we find environmental issues.
|The 2005 CHA Green Hotel of the Year
Award winners obtained the highest combined scores, based on their performance
in the following five criteria: Environmental Management & Stewardship,
Infrastructure, Awareness, Conservation, and Health & Safety:
2005 Green Hotel of the Year
Large Hotel Category
Sunscape Casa del Mar
Today in our world we are experiencing air pollution, waste disposal
problems, social unrest and other stresses on the environment, especially
in urban areas. That is one of the reasons we decided to create a "Green
Team" at Sunscape Casa Del Mar La Romana, in Bayahibe,
Sunscape Casa del Mar
La Romana, Dominican Republic
Here are some of the challenges we have at Sunscape Casa del Mar and
how we are trying to solve them.
The hotel has an energy management and conservation plan.
WATER CONSERVATION & WASTE MANAGEMENT
We use low wattage light bulbs in the different areas, like halls, offices,
We have switches in the guest rooms that cut the energy and the air conditioning
when the guests are outside the rooms.
We have photocells in the garden and all the public areas that turn on
the lights at dusk.
We use solar panels to heat the Jacuzzi water, and
A boiler to heat the rest of the water. The other part of the heated
water comes from the chillers using the system of cogeneration of hot waters.
In that way each gallon of hot water is recycled.
We minimized the gas oil, energy and gas fumes because we recycle the connection
of energy from Central Romana Corporation.
INFRAESTRUCTURE AND TECNOLOGY
Meters have been installed in the different areas.
Automatic valve with pedals in the kitchens.
Night water irrigation to the garden sinks.
We reduce the water in the toilets by placing devices in the toilet tanks,
controlling the amount of water use in every flush. It allows us to save
1.5 gallons of water per flushing.
The gray water of the laundry, kitchen and other public areas goes to the
treatment filter plant and then to the garden irrigation and fountains
of the area.
We offer the guests the option of reusing towels and sheets.
The sewage goes to another treatment filter plant and once treated goes
to the subsoil as clean water.
We recollect the garbage from the high ways near by.
HEALTH & SAFETY
The domestic sewage of Bayahibe Village also goes directly to our treatment
filter plant since the hotel invested in the construction of those aqueducts
to connect them to the resort.
We built a garden where we grow plants that are indigenous to the area;
some of these plants have traditional medicinal uses.
We built a seating area and ecological Spa around the natural springs on
the property for our guests to enjoy.
At the ecological SPA all the indigenous trees have their botanical names
and their use on a small plaque located at the bottom of them, that way
our guests have some knowledge about the local culture.
We recycle things such as fallen trees during hurricane season to build
things that are used in our operation, for example: a bridge, tree house
for the kids, tables, signs and other types of decoration. In the present
we are building an ecological reef park.
We also have a purchasing policy:
We have emergency preparedness and safety plans for earthquakes, hurricanes,
fires and catastrophes.
Purchasing of low impact environmental products and equipment.
Selection of biodegradable.
We constantly train the personnel to be conscious about the need to protect
our environment in all the areas mentioned above.
Green Globe 2004
Green Globe 2005
Environment Ministry 2004
We all agree that we must learn how to sustain our environmental resources
so they continue to provide benefits for people and other living things
on our planet. That is one of the reasons we implement strong and creative
ideas to ensure that future generations will have equal opportunities to
the resources that the Caribbean offers.
We must do more than simply discuss our environmental problems. We must
work together as a team like we are. Our slogan at Sunscape Casa
del Mar La Romana is "Together we can" (Juntos Podemos).
About Sunscape Resorts & Spas
The fun never stops at these tropical all-inclusive hotels, which appeal
to families, couples and singles. Sunscape Resorts & Spas are characterized
by vibrant colors and a wide array of amenities, including live entertainment,
fully equipped spas, premium brand products and exceptional service. Guests
also enjoy state-of-the-art fitness centers, and numerous bars and a variety
of specialty restaurants.
These dynamic resorts bracelet-free all-inclusives
offer extensive kids' activities, big-screen TV entertainment on the beach,
and themed beach parties for adults and children alike. Sunscape Resorts
& Spas is a member of Summit Hotels & Resorts, a collection of
145 unique and culturally elegant luxury hotels in 100 popular destinations
Vacation packages to Sunscape Resorts & Spas are available through
leading tour operators in North America, Mexico and Europe.
AMResorts® opened in 2001 and operates three brands of resort properties
in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. AMResorts® is a privately owned
hotel management company with headquarters outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.