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.
Black Hills- a Land of Wonder and Black EyesLast Updated on 2013-12-09 18:10:52The Black Hills of South Dakota is truly a spiritual place. The Oglala Sioux Nation has long values the area as a spiritual land and provider for their people. But, even non-Native American people say that they sense a different energy inherent in the land; sense of calming and spirituality, as well as a chance to escape the rat race of urban life or work.
Until the late 1800’s, the Dakotah lands were virtually untouched by the Europeans due to lack of accessibility and many treaties written with the Native Americans guaranteeing them possession of their native right and occupation of the land. But, one gold was discovered in ‘them thar hills’, all bets were off in regards to treaties or rights. The Europeans wanted the gold and no one was going to stop them. This mass invasion of gold-diggers and settlers on Conestoga wagons led to many squirmishes with the... More »
Xanadu Resort is Green Globe CertifiedLast Updated on 2013-11-30 13:21:21Xanadu Resort is officially the first Green Globe Certified Island Resort in Ambergris Caye. Earning the certification means a reward after years of hard work and dedication, which started with Ivan and Judy Sheinbaum, the owners, when they set out to build Xanadu Resort. �At the inception of Xanadu, the idea was to be in harmony with nature. If a tree was in the way of the building design, we would move the building, not remove the tree,� explained Mr. Sheinbaum. That was how firm they were from the beginning, and that stance has brought them to the pinnacle of their success in attaining the Green Globe standard on April 26th, 2010.
In 1992, the United Nations hosted their Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, where 182 heads of state from around the world endorsed the Agenda 21 principles of sustainable development. The Green Globe program can trace its roots back to that summit,... More »
Xanadu Resort Earns a Green GlobeLast Updated on 2013-11-30 09:23:30The Xanadu Resort in Belize was the first Monolithic Dome resort in Central America and the Caribbean when it opened in 1998. Now it can lay claim to another first. The property recently became the first Green Globe Certified Island Resort in the town of Ambergis Caye, according to The San Pedro Sun
The Green Globe program was launched at a United Nations Summit in 1992 as a way of stemming environmental degradation from the consumption of non-renewable resources. Companies that choose to participate in the program are required to measure their environmental impact, and then develop and implement strategies to reduce their impact.
Xanadu is sustainable on many levels. First there is the dome building itself, which is energy efficient. Then the owners, Ivan and Judy Sheinbaum, added a number of other environmentally friendly features such as low-flow shower heads, CLF lighting and rain... More »
Blue Community Series Part 6: Education, Planning, Policy, & ManagementLast Updated on 2013-11-25 12:53:58
Dr. Reese Halter hosts Part 6 of the Blue Community Coastal Habitat & Marine Environment series that presents best practices for sustainable tourism of the Walt Disney Company. This video focuses on Education, Policy, & Management. The video features Kim Sams, Director, Corporate Citizenship and Conservation Programs for the Walt Disney Company.
Blue Community Series Part 3Last Updated on 2013-11-25 12:53:19
Dr. Reese Halter hosts Part 3 of the Blue Community Coastal Habitat & Marine Environment series that presents best practices for sustainable tourism at the Walt Disney Company. This video focuses is on Water, Waste Management, & Reducing Plastics. The video features Tammy Brister, Manager, Environmental Integration, Walt Disney World Resort.
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