Here’s to Earth Day: 9 eco-friendly Caribbean resorts

13 April 11

| Green Travel News |

To celebrate Earth Day (April 22), has compiled this list of its eco-friendly luxury resorts, all recognized for green initiatives and a commitment to protecting the natural environments that surround them:

Caribbean cocktail - Galley Bay Resort, AntiguaGalley Bay Resort, Antigua. Certified by Green Globe in 2007 for reducing waste by shunning most plastic bottles and aluminum cans as well as utilizing a state-of-the-art reverse osmosis water plant, which transforms salt water from the sea into fresh water. The resort is buying a bottling plant to bottle its own water in re-useable glass.

St. James’s Club Resort & Villas, Antigua. Green Globe certified for its commitment to sustainable operation of the resort; its parent company has achieved Green Globe certification for all its five resorts.

Barcelo Punta Cana, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Certified by Green Globe in 2010 based on upgrading to energy-saving chiller systems and guest room air-conditioning as well as the installation of an ultraviolet purifier in its water treatment plant. The resort also has corporate social responsibility initiatives to assist the local community’s school and students.

Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, Jamaica. Green Globe certified for its plastics recycling program and ongoing effort to protect the island’s natural resources.

The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica. Green Globe certified for its sustainable operations and management, as well as its environmental conservation aimed at a sustainable future and protection of the island’s natural resources.

Iberostar Cozumel, Mexico. Awarded Green Globe certification in 2010, this resort has been applauded for its high environmental benchmarks for energy, water use and waste reduction.

Caribe Hilton San Juan, Puerto Rico. Green Globe Certified in January 2009, this resort was also the 2008 winner of Green Hotel of the Year by the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association. The Caribe Hilton is a member of the Hilton Family of Hotels, which has committed to reducing energy consumption, CO2 emissions and waste by 20% and water consumption by 10% by 2014.

InterContinental San Juan, Puerto Rico. Green Globe certified for its ongoing efforts to protect the island’s coral reefs, forests, and other areas of dense vegetation and native species.

Windjammer Landing, St. Lucia. Green Globe certified for its commitment to sustainable operation of the resort.

Green Globe is a worldwide sustainability certification based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Based in California, it operates in more than 83 countries and is an affiliate member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

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