After five years of continuous and independently audited environmental and CSR performance, the Alila Manggis has become the second of Alila Hotel and Resorts Bali-based properties to obtain the aought after ‘EarthCheck Gold’
EarthCheck CEO and Founder Mr Stewart Moore said Gold Certification placed the resort within an exclusive segment of the tourism industry who can genuinely quantify their claims of sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
“EarthCheck Certified is by far the tourism industry’s most scientifically rigorous and transparent benchmarking program,” Mr Moore said.
“Since it began measuring its environmental and CSR performance, Alila Manggis has saved more than US$220,000 in operational costs due to reduced energy and potable water consumption, along with a reduction in waste sent to landfill, proving what is good for the planet is also good for business,” he said.
Since partnering with EarthCheck, Alila Manggis has minimised its energy consumption by 25.4% and reduced potable water usage by 52.7%. More than 81,000 litres of waste has been saved from being sent to landfill.
Alila Manggis is playing a vital role in its local community
“Alila Manggis is delivering on its brand promise, meeting the expectations of guests, and playing a vital role in its local community as an employer, educator, bestower and beneficiary,” Mr Moore said.
Sustainability initiatives at Alila Manggis include:
· A reef restoration project run in partnership with a local diving operation which is generating new coral growth and fish life;
· Local community education and engagement including a playground built for village children which also comprises a waste collection and sorting station for local use;
· Monthly ‘clean-up’ days for the local beach and surrounds which are participated in by staff, guests and local villagers;
· The ‘Greenbank’ project which has trained and employs local villagers to recycle and produce needed food and items used by the resort such as candles, gifts and paper products;
· 100% glass bottle use, composting and reusable shipping boxes; and
· Support of Balinese cultural and religious ceremonies.
Alila Manggis’ environmentally sustainable practices and proactive community- and operations- based policies will be boosted by the newly announced Zero Waste policy which is being implemented at all five Alila branded resorts across Bali as of September 2016.
The Zero Waste policy puts the Alila Hotels and Resorts in an indisputable leadership position within Bali’s local tourism industry.
“The Zero Waste policy puts the Alila Hotels and Resorts in an indisputable leadership position within Bali’s local tourism industry, which is putting far greater demand on local environmental resources than can be met,” Mr Moore said.
Foreign tourist arrivals Bali are averaging close to 4 million of the more than 11 million foreign visitors to Indonesia each year. The Indonesian government has set a goal of 20 million foreign visitor arrivals by 2019, with Bali expected to absorb roughly 30-40 percent of arrivals.
The environmental and social impact of tourism on Bali has gained international attention with the island’s local and international observers noting stresses on the island’s water, energy and food supplies, including decreasing land availability to maintain the island’s intricately connected rice paddy system.
Frederic Flageat-Simon, CEO Alila Hotels & Resorts said the group’s partnership to EarthCheck and the introduction of the Zero Waste policy enabled them to operate luxurious properties which integrate commerce, conservation and community.
“The EarthCheck Certified technology is unlike anything else used in the industry—each consecutive year of our Villa Manggis benchmarking and auditing journey revealed successes and areas for improvement—which we were then able to implement the following year,” he said.
“The results speak for themselves—we are proud to have Alila Manggis join our suite of EarthCheck Gold Certified properties— and believe our Zero Waste policy and continued benchmarking and certification will maintain our leadership position in the industry,” he said.
Alila Hotels and Resorts Group Director Engineering and Environment, Piet van Zyl researched, adapted and combined technology to create Integrated Sustainable Resource Recovery Facility’s (iSuRRF’s). Overseeing the operations, PIONEER (Positive Impact on Nature, Environment and Earth’s Resources) team’s will be responsible for upholding the zero-waste- to-landfill status at each Alila property in Bali.
“Our underlying philosophy that when it comes to waste sent to landfill, less waste is not good enough. The only good is to have no waste at all,” said van Zyl, who has resided on the island in his role with Alila since 2011, and believes the iSuRRF technology could be adapted by ‘almost every’ hotel and resort on the island.
Extra-Mile Water Conservation Efforts Amidst Shortage
While some states are literally flooding due to heavy rains and run-off, others are struggling to get the moisture they need. States like Arizona and California have faced water emergencies for the last few years; water conserving efforts from citizens help keep them out of trouble.
If your area is experiencing a water shortage, there are a few things you can do to go the extra mile.
Repair and Maintain Appliances
Leaks around the house – think showerheads, toilets, dishwashers, and more – lead to wasted water. Beyond that, the constant flow of water will cause water damage to your floors and walls. Have repairs done as soon as you spot any problems.
Sometimes, a leak won’t be evident until it gets bad. For that reason, make appointments to have your appliances inspected and maintained at least once per year. This will extend the life of each machine as well as nip water loss in the bud.
When your appliances are beyond repair, look into Energy Star rated replacements. They’re designed to use the least amount of water and energy possible, without compromising on effectiveness.
Only Run Dishwasher and Washer When Full
It might be easier to do a load of laundry a day rather than doing it once per week, but you’ll waste a lot more water this way. Save up your piles of clothes until you have enough to fully load the washing machine. You could also invest in a washing machine that senses the volume of water needed according to the volume of clothes.
The same thing goes with the dishwasher. Don’t push start until you’ve filled it to capacity. If you have to wash dishes, don’t run the water while you’re washing. Fill the sink or a small bowl a quarter of the way full and use this to wash your dishes.
Recycle Water in Your Yard
Growing a garden in your backyard is a great way to cut down on energy and water waste from food growers and manufacturers, but it will require a lot more water on your part. Gardens must be watered, and this often leads to waste.
You can reduce this waste by participating in water recycling. Using things like a rain barrel, pebble filtering system, and other tools, you can save thousands of gallons a year and still keep your landscaping and garden beautiful and healthy.
Landscape with Drought-Resistant Plants
Recycling water in your yard is a great way to reduce your usage, but you can do even more by reducing the amount of water required to keep your yard looking great. The best drought-resistant plants are those that are native to the area. In California, for example, succulents grow very well, and varieties of cactus do well in states like Arizona or Texas.
Install Water-Saving Features
The average American household uses between 80 and 100 gallons of water every single day. You obviously can’t cut out things like showering or using the toilet, but you can install a few water-saving tools to make your water use more efficient.
There are low-flow showerheads, toilets, and faucet aerators. You could also use automatic shut-off nozzles, shower timers, and grey water diverters. Any of these water saving devices can easily cut your water usage in half.
Research Laws and Ordinances for Your City
Dry states like California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada must create certain laws to keep the water from running out. These laws are put into practice for the benefit of everyone, but they only work if you abide by the laws.
If you live in a state where drought is common, research your state and city’s laws. They might designate one day per week that you’re allowed to water your lawn or how full you can fill a pool. Many people are not well versed in the laws set by their states, and it would mean a lot to your community if you did your part.
Cyprus is the Forerunner for Ecotourism
When I was looking for a second citizenship, I happened to see One Visa’s offer on Cyprus Citizenship by investment program. I had heard about Cyprus being a beautiful country, but I did not know much else, so I decided to start my own research about this gem of a place.
After I did some research, I discovered that Cyprus is a popular destination for tourists. Unfortunately, heavy tourism and the associated development affected villages here and there, with some communities being slowly abandoned. To avoid this from happening any further, Cyprus went into ecotourism, and today, it is the forerunner in this arena. Let’s look in further detail at ecotourism in Cyprus here.
How was it started?
It all started in 2006 with the launch of the “Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative.” This program has the sole scope of promoting ecotourism developments in the tourism industry. It concentrates on those areas which require conservation and environmental safety. At the same time, it helps develop social, as well as economic statuses in the rural parts of Cyprus. Through this program, the government was able to acknowledge that ecotourism will play an essential role in the future of Cyprus, with the concept gaining momentum among tourists from all over the globe.
How to go about it?
So, now you are interested in going for an ecotourism vacation in Cyprus. How will you go about it? I would immediately say that everyone should visit the quaint Cypriot villages spread throughout the island. These communities have a smaller population, and not many tourists visit. They make for a great relaxing spot. Enjoy seeing the bustle of village life go by where simple pleasures abound. Most hamlets are linked by specific minibus tours which ferry tourists to these havens. These trips will have a regular schedule, aimed at promoting ecotourism further. Such tours will be regulated to ensure that while the villages can benefit and develop, they do not get overpopulated or overcrowded with tourists. Therefore, you can be sure to enjoy the beautiful sceneries that nature has to offer here.
If you are wondering if there are any activities to do here, my answer would be: “Yes, plenty.” You can go for some guided walks across various regions here. Here you will be able to explore the diversified natural beauty and wildlife of the area. Several agritourism activities and services are planned to open shortly. Once launched, you will be able to engage in picking olives, milking goats, and several other such events here.
What can be learned?
Although we are aware that natural resources need to be preserved, we do not always remember it in real life. When we go on tours such as these, we can realize the significance of protecting nature. Also, when more and more people visit these places, the concept of ecotourism will become popular among more people. Awareness about ecotourism is set to grow and spread throughout the world. Subsequently, sustainable tourism will gain popularity around the globe with Cyprus being the forerunner for ecotourism .