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Fresh off the heels of its third Green Globe re-certification, Breezes Bahamas Resort & Spa in Nassau, The Bahamas, plans to further expand its scope of green initiatives in the coming months.
As part of its Corporate Social Responsibilities, the resort management has encouraged regular visits from local school children to educate them about conservation and sustainability practices at the property.
The resort’s vision for the upcoming year will be the promotion of more clean designated green space, cleaner beach environments and managing and repurposing organic waste through activities. These eco-friendly events will include educating primary school kids at their most influential stage of development that can bring long-term and sustained behavioral change.
By adopting a primary school, young children visit SuperClubs Breezes for a day to interact with Green Team members and guests and engage in activities such as daily nature walks. Participation also includes the clean-up and preservation of the nearby community beach/park space at Goodman Bay.
SuperClubs Breezes staff are active in community support programs that are run regularly during the year. The Purchasing Team meets with local suppliers and farmers on a weekly basis to purchase organically grown fruits and vegetables that are used to provide meals for The Dean Granger Centre, a senior citizens welfare home. The resort has also developed a Breezes Junior Soccer league in conjunction with a local primary school to foster youth, sports and social development.
In addition, SuperClubs Breezes works closely with local artists and guests to support the local arts community and generate income for artisans. Three artists visited the hotel to promote locally made crafts ranging from woven cushions to jewelry made from conch shells, coconut shells and sea sponges. Guests were thrilled at being able to view a collection of beautifully handcrafted items with some created from Queen conch shell.
Over the past year, Breezes Bahamas’ measurable success grew in two primary areas – energy savings and waste reduction. The resort saved 29,133 kilowatt hours in electrical consumption as compared to the previous year. While liquid pertroleum gas usage dropped by 15 percent and its photocopy paper usage was reduced by 20 percent.