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Sandals Negril retains highest environmental accolade through EarthCheck

Published:Monday | August 21, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Posing with their EarthCheck Award are (from right) General Manager from Sandals Negril David Latchimy; Environment, Health and Safety Manager Tavia-Shea Bernard; and Hotel Manager O’Brian Heron.

Sandals Negril Beach Resort and Spa has once again cemented its place as a world-leading green hotel by retaining its Double Platinum and EarthCheck master status certifications.

Being master certified is EarthCheck's highest accolade awarded to organisations demonstrating more than 15 years of commitment to the highest standards of environmental care and social contributions benefiting guests, staff and the local community.

Sandals Negril is the first organisation in the Caribbean to achieve this milestone and shares the remarkable achievement with only four other companies in the world, including Sandals Ochi Beach Resort and Spa.

 

GREAT ACHIEVEMENT

 

"This great achievement not only exemplifies exceptional performance, but motivates us to further expand our environmental sustainability strategies," said Tavia-Shea Bernard, Sandals Negril's environment, health and safety manager.

Bernard continued to boast that, since 2003, Sandals Negril has saved 19,668,954MJ in energy consumption, enough to power 826 typical four-person house-holds for a year; 94,123,435 litres of potable water, which is equivalent to 38 standard Olympic-size swimming pools; and 1,038,552 litres of land-filled waste, the equivalent of 31 standard 20-foot shipping containers.

Founded on the sustainable tourism principles of the Rio Earth Summit's Agenda 21, EarthCheck is the world's leading provider of environmental management, benchmarking and certification systems for the travel and tourism industry.

Stewart Moore, CEO and founder of EarthCheck, congra-tulated the Sandals Negril team for their long-term commitment to sustainability.

"Sandals Negril now sets the global standard for best practice in sustainability in the travel and tourism industry," Moore said.