Green Globe is a global benchmarking, certification and improvement system for creating sustainable travel and tourism. Based on Agenda 21 and the principle of Sustainable Development endorsed by 182 governments at the Rio Earth Summit of 1992, hotels and tourism enterprises are challenged to critically asses their environmental friendliness and embark upon detailed program to become increasingly green over time.
Going Green at Aman Resorts
Ubud's Amandari Resort recently received official notification of their Green Globe 21 certification. In qualifying for Green Globe 21 certification, Bali's Amandari Resort was acknowledged for its commitment to sustainable tourism for various aspects of its operations, including:
• Amandari's architecture reflects the physical presentation of a Balinese village. Volcanic paras stone was extensively in building the Resort.
• Villagers freely walk through the Resort on their way to rice fields and the nearby Ayung River. In this regard, the lobby was specially designed to permit a priest to pass through the resort by preserving an open section in order to accommodate religious tradition that dictates a priest's head must not be covered.
• The Resort has sponsored a dance teacher for over ten years to provide traditional dance lessons to the children of the surrounding village.
• Amandari Resort sponsors an orphanage for disabled children, including the children in regular outings with staff and assisting in the building of school buildings and dormitories. [See: A Special Day Out for Special Kids].
• 70% of the staff working at the hotel are from the local community, living within 2 kilometers of their work.
• The Resort makes monthly donations to village community affairs projects, as well as underwriting temple ceremonies and festivals.
• The Resort undertakes monthly clean-ups of the surrounding village and provides educators to teach children about environmental issues.
• 40% of the produce used at the Resort is grown organically with the Chef working with local farmers to grow and then purchase organic vegetables and fruits.
• Scraps from Resorts kitchen are given to local pig farmers as fodder.
• An annual three-day ceremony is held at the Resort's Balinese temple, attended by villagers and staff alike.
• Amandari recycles all its waste including glass, plastic, cardboard and aluminum cans. Garbage is sent to the Temesi Recycling Plant in Gianyar [See: Bali Hotels Raise Funds for Recycling Center
• The roofs of the villas at the Resort are made from dry grass (alang – alang) which keeps the rooms cool and reduces Air Conditioning usage.
• A Sewage Treatment Plant operates 24 hours per day to process effluent from the rooms, laundry and kitchen. The water quality is checked regularly with water recycled into the gardens.
• Saline water (instead of chlorinated water) is used in the swimming pools.
• Back offices use energy-efficient light bulbs.
• The Resort's Kitchen uses plastic boxes to reduce the need for plastic wrap and plastic bags.
• Oil changes in the Resort's vehicles are done by a specialist using environmentally friendly disposal methods. Used tires are also given to an outlet where they are recycled.
• The Resort's cars are washed with a bucket of water and a pump hose to minimize water wastage.
• The gardens at Amandari are home to many different plants, including 50% of the world's entire species of heliconia.
• Guests gifts are selected local handicrafts.
• Mosquito incense coils and protection oils are made from natural products.
• Laundered guest clothing is returned in a basket, not in plastic.
More Bali Hotels to Qualify for Green Globe 21
Amandari Resort is the first from among six hotels seeking Green Globe 21 certification. Expected to also qualify for certification in the near future are: Alila Ubud, Alila Manggis, The Chedi Villas and the Conrad Bali Resort and Spa.
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