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.
Marriott International announces Water Conservation Results on World Water DayLast Updated on 2015-04-30 15:16:43
Tatiana Rokou - 24 March 2015, 08:19
BETHESDA, MD. - On the eve of World Water Day, Marriott International announced that global water intensity in its worldwide managed hotels decreased in 2014 by 5.3 percent over 2013, and 16.3 percent compared to 2007.
Marriott is committed to working with its properties to identify projects and procedures to aid in water conservation. In 2007, the company set 2020 goals to reduce water consumption by 20 percent, as well as energy reductions of 20 percent across its managed portfolio of hotels worldwide, as part of a broader global sustainability strategy.
"We are extremely pleased with our 2014 water intensity results," said Denise Naguib, vice president, sustainability and supplier diversity, Marriott International. "Water conservation is an area of sustainability where hotels, associates, and guests can directly aid the... More »
W Hotels Worldwide, will.i.am and The Coca-Cola Company introduce the EKOCYCLE brand to W Hotel guest roomsLast Updated on 2015-04-30 15:14:14
Tatiana Rokou - 15 April 2015, 09:13
NEW YORK - W Hotels Worldwide, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced a new partnership with global music artist and entrepreneur will.i.am and The Coca-Cola Companyto shake up the hotel industry, one guest room at a time. Together, they are bringing the EKOCYCLEbrand to W Hotel rooms around the world, changing sheets and changing minds.
W Hotels will soon begin re-making their beds with new EKOCYCLE branded sheets, which are made in part with rPET (polyester partially made using recycled plastic). Rolling out into W Hotels in North America first with global properties to follow, each king size sheet set utilizes approximately 31 recycled 20 oz. plastic bottles – which equates to more than 268,000 plastic bottles across all W Hotel beds in North America. The result is bedding that is as luxurious as it is... More »
Inovateus Solar and GE install off-grid solar system for CuisinArt ResortLast Updated on 2015-04-30 15:09:11
Vicky Karantzavelou - 06 April 2015, 09:05
SOUTH BEND, IND. - Inovateus Solar announced that it has completed the installation of a 1.0-megawatt (MW) solar power generation plant for the CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa in Anguilla, BWI, an island in the Caribbean east of Puerto Rico.
The solar system uses a battery backup system to store energy. This provides an uninterruptible supply of energy to the Resort's Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant throughout the day to create potable water to the residents on the island, guests of the resort and irrigation water for the golf course.
The project has been designed to remain completely separate from the grid when needed, yet has the ability of reconnecting partial loads, to continue to desalinate water outside solar production hours. When the sun is down, the system depends on the local Utility, Anguilla Electricity Company Ltd.... More »
Twenty carbon neutral airports and even more engaged in addressing their carbon footprintsLast Updated on 2015-04-30 15:02:44
Vicky Karantzavelou - 27 March 2015, 10:32
BRUSSELS, HONG KONG, CASABLANCA, WASHINGTON DC and LIMA: With the groundswell of political visibility and a number of key events about Climate Change building up to the COP21 climate negotiations later this year, the independent programme Airport Carbon Accreditation today provided an update on its progress since going global in November 2014.
Following the global airport industry’s commitment to reduce its carbon emissions made 7 years ago, the intervening years since then have seen an ever-increasing number of airports apply for certification by Airport Carbon Accreditation.
The programme certifies airports at 4 different levels of accreditation covering all stages of carbon management (Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation and Neutrality). It is independently administered, institutionally-endorsed and has already won praise from... More »
Panama City, Panama: Restoring historyLast Updated on 2015-04-12 17:21:35Panama City, Panama: Restoring history
While traveling to Panama City I had the honor of learning more about the rich cultural heritage and coastal habitat from my taxi drive Louie, who grew up in Panama, who also drove me around Panama to share its history. He explained his deep pride for his country but also his deep concern for the environmental degradation caused by centuries of destruction and extraction and lack of environmental enforcement. While walking around the city and witnessing the environmental destruction from deforestation, mangrove extraction, and severely polluted oceans, I was concerned and astounded. Louie then mentioned that beyond the environmental destruction, Panama City inhabitants cannot enjoy their beaches because they are mostly void of mangroves, and have encountered severe coastal erosion and toxic and solid pollution. My first impressions of Panama City,... More »
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