Blue Community Program Strategies For the Caribbean Region
and Gulf Coast States
The Waves of Change Blue Community program is an opportunity for coastal communities to declare their own work to protect the oceans and promote ocean sustainability.
The oceans are under increasing threats from pollution, overfishing, impacts of climate change including coral bleaching, ocean acidification, and increased storm intensity. The Waves of Change campaign is responding to these issues with ocean clean up programs, improving ocean literacy, supporting ocean champions, ecosystems restoration, and programs to adapt and mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Unless policies for protection of the oceans and promotion of ocean sustainability are increased, coastal communities are likely to experience adverse impacts.
The good news is that every community has the opportunity to do its part to reverse current trends. Every community has its own unique challenges and opportunities to become a Blue Community.
The process is simple and straightforward. The Blue Community program in collaboration with Sustainable Travel International has a process for certification of lodges, tour operators, attractions, and resorts in a community for sustainability certification.
In addition the Blue Communtiy program is presently working to support the Global Sustainable Tourism Critiera for communities and destinations seeking to become sustainable, reduce disaster risks, and improve their economy through eco-friendly tourism.
Who Is Interested in The Blue Community Model?
Resorts and related tourism industry
College and Universities
Sustainability, Disaster Reduction, and Economic Development will be the three major themes of the Blue Community Program.
The Blue Community program provides sustainability strategies for energy, water, food, transportation, health, and much more. Walt Disney World™ in strategically addressing these concerns.
Walt Disney Company corporate goals are good bench marks for others working to be a Blue Community.
Disaster Reduction & Vulnerability Management
The United Nations International Strategies for Disaster Reduction program has identified sustainability as the best way to prevent, mitigate, and recover from potential disasters. The Blue Community program provide a number of best practices for disaster reduction and vulnerability management.
Economic Development & Eco-Friendly Tourism
For a travel and leisure company to utilize Blue Community strategies they must be economical. Walt Disney World™ provides a model for the economic benefits of a sustainability program. The Blue Community program provides strategies to enhance eco-friendly tourism and reduce costs in areas such as: energy, fertilizer, water, transportation, and other strategies to both attract tourism, and reduce costs of resort operations.
Meteorologists: Royal Caribbean blew it by sailing into stormLast Updated on 2016-02-10 16:27:03Meteorologists: Royal Caribbean blew it by sailing into storm
Gene Sloan and Doyle Rice, USA TODAY10:51 p.m. EST February 9, 2016
Royal Caribbean should have known better.
That's the word Tuesday from weather experts who closely monitored the development of the storm that rocked the line's Anthem of the Seas on Sunday and Monday.
The 168,666-ton vessel should not have sailed southward from New York into the path of the growing weather system, which eventually packed winds of up to 100 mph and created waves higher than 20 to 30 feet, WeatherBell meteorologist Ryan Maue told USA TODAY.
“The risk was easily avoidable as the storm was well-forecast by private and public forecasting outfits,” Maue said.
Government weather watchers noted the possibility of a large storm in the Atlantic on Friday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Ocean... More »
Transportation at the Hilton Waikoloa VillageLast Updated on 2016-02-10 15:45:11Hilton Waikoloa Village
Transportation Within the Resort
The Hilton Waikoloa Village, located on the Big Island of Hawaii, spans 62-acres and is comprised of three main lodging towers with a total of 1,240 guest rooms. With restaurants, shops, pools, and four-acre lagoon located throughout the resort, trams and small boats transport guests around the resort while also serving as another experience to enhance guests’ stay at the resort. When first entering the resort, the trams and boats can make the resort seem like a miniature Disney World and not like a Hawaiian vacation, but they quickly become part of the appeal of the resort.
Both the trams and boats have stops at the main lobby, located in the center of the resort. The trams run to all three lodging towers but are not as convenient for guests traveling to the pool areas. The trams run from 6:00AM -... More »
Supreme Court Blocks Enforcement of Air Pollution RuleLast Updated on 2016-02-09 23:34:37
Supreme Court Blocks Enforcement of Air Pollution Rule
by Pete Williams
Steam rises from the stakes of the coal-fired Jim Bridger Power Plant outside Point of the Rocks, Wyoming, in this file photo taken March 14, 2014. JIM URQUHART / Reuters
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked enforcement of the Obama administration's ambitious new plan for cutting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
The justices granted a plea from 30 states that asked for a temporary hold on the new Clean Energy Plan while the lower courts decide whether the Environmental Protection Agency has the legal authority to impose it.
Four members of the court, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan dissented and said they would have allowed the EPA to continue enforcing the rule during the court battle.
Announced last October,... More »
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