Butterfly Beach Hotel, located on the South Coast of Barbados, offers secluded beach and casual ocean front accommodation with convenient access to a variety of recreational activities, shopping and dining experiences.
Butterfly Beach Hotel continues to improve its overall sustainability performance and recently received Green Globe certification in acknowledgment of its commitment.
Anne-Marie Kent, Reservations Manager & Assistant Hotel Manager at Butterfly Beach Hotel said, “We, at Butterfly Beach Hotel are thrilled to have recently been awarded Green Globe Certification. This is a step in the right direction on our path to commitment in running a sustainable, environmentally and socially conscious hotel. Our Team works hard on a daily basis to ensure all our guests are happy and comfortable and the entire team, and especially the Green Team, look forward to improving even more next year.”
Butterfly Beach Hotel’s Sustainability Management Plan focuses on the conservation of energy and water usage and reducing waste output .The hotel’s Energy Management Plan is comprehensive and includes the improvement of energy efficiency through the deployment of LED lighting fixtures and the change over to inverter air conditioning units across the property. In addition, energy consumption is significantly reduced through initiatives such as limiting the use of lighting during the early hours of the morning when most areas of the hotel are not in operation.
As a green hotel, the property adheres to strict guidelines on waste prevention through the use of segregated sorting bins in guest rooms that encourage the recycling of plastic containers and glass bottles. In restaurants, plastic cups and straws are provided on a request basis only. Guests are also encouraged to support eco-friendly programs by re-using towels and buying locally. And, the hotel prefers local businesses and green suppliers as a means of contributing to the local economy.
“We are proud of our in-room recycling program and look forward to expanding this throughout the hotel. We are also proud of using local and regional products throughout the property including Earthworks (Local Pottery) who create our vases, and sign boards, as well as displaying local artists’ artwork in the lobby,” added Anne-Marie Kent.
As part of their corporate and social responsibility, hotel associates are involved in a number of initiatives that utilize their knowledge within the wider community. The Guest Notice Board, also known as the Green Notice Board, provides a wealth of information on activities and local history as well as wildlife information. It features the hotel’s Environmental Policy as well as updated information on things to do. It also includes important information on the types of souvenirs that cannot be legally purchased such as coral. If coral is removed from its natural environment in large numbers the local eco-system’s survival would be threatened.
Butterfly Beach Hotel’s Environmental and Purchasing Policies can be viewed on the hotel’s website at www.butterflybeachhotel.com
“We look forward to working with Green Globe for many years to come,” concluded Anne-Marie Kent.
About Green Globe Certification
Green Globe is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe is an Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Green Globe is also a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). For information, please visit www.greenglobe.com