These Hospitality Destinations Prioritize Sustainable Practices – Forbes

Coral reef planting at Nanuku Resort encourages sustainability practices.
Hospitality operators that reduce their impact on the environment through green best practices in maintenance, services, logistics, products and supplies are becoming more commonplace throughout the world. These practices often include building with eco-friendly materials, planting on-site gardens with fresh produce and constructing water recycling facilities. Also, abandoning traditional in-room extras such as plastic water bottles, toothbrushes and shampoos are now top priorities for hoteliers across the globe.
Europe’s largest private hostel chain – a&o Hostelswith 26,800 beds across 26 locations has released its annual a&o Sustainability Report to document its efforts and progress on sustainability issues while serving as an inspiration – even a road map – for other hospitality operators to follow suit. The report offers comprehensive analysis of key sustainability issues and the company’s approach to them over the past year, including:
· Reducing its carbon emissions by 77% since 2015
· Committing €20 million for energy-efficient renovations by 2029, and €300,000 to further educate and train employees on sustainable practices
· The company is on track to be the first Net Zero hostel chain in Europe in 2025.
“The future of travel lies in sustainability,” says Oliver Winter, CEO & Founder, a&o Hostels. “Not only is this important to more and more eco-conscious travelers, but also it’s important for the health of local communities, our planet, and for our industry as a whole. This is why we launched our first annual Sustainability Report in 2022, and now our second for 2023. How can we create a road to improvement if we don’t fully understand our current footprint? This sustainability report takes a thorough dive into our practices, creating an explicit road map for how we can have a better and more sustainable tomorrow. For us at a&o, this means being the first net zero hostel brand in Europe in 2025.
Other notable sustainable efforts include the following:
The resort has earned the resort several sustainability awards.
Nanuku Resort Fiji
Waseroma Sigavou, new sustainability officer at Nanuku Resort Fiji, leads the way in sustainable luxury operating procedures by pioneering innovative models for the resort’s activities through its sustainability program, the Batiwai Project. The Project features targeted initiatives that not only improve the local marine ecosystem but also maintain the resort’s minimal environmental footprint and enhance the livelihood of resort staff and local communities, all while protecting the natural setting and surroundings. As part of the resort’s coral reef conservation project, guests learn the essential role coral reefs play in everything from water filtration to shoreline protection. Nanuku’s ethos of ‘responsible luxury’ has earned the resort several sustainability awards, and includes coral planting, reef conservation and shore protection activities.
Has been awarded the Green Key Gold certificate.
Corendon Hotels & Resorts, Amsterdam
The College Hotel Amsterdam, Corendon Amsterdam New-West, and Corendon Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. All three of these hotels have been awarded the Green Key Gold certificate, the leading standard of excellence in the fields of environmental responsibility and sustainable operation within the tourism industry. In 2011, Corendon Hotels & Resorts established the Corendon Foundation, an independent organization dedicated to improving the sustainable development of holiday destinations by supporting local projects with three core objectives: people, environment and added value. New policies that help accomplish sustainability goals include integrating eco-friendly amenities, including bamboo paper products and re-fillable bath products along with monitoring the energy, water consumption and waste management closely.
The Green Apple Foundation oversees a glass recycling program.
Blue Apple Beach,Cartagena, Colombia
A boutique hotel and restaurant, Blue Apple Beach is a woman-owned, island hotel, equally committed to sustainability practices and eco-luxury service standards. Blue Apple has created a platform for celebrity chefs to contribute their talents to both the environment and the local community. Each of the dinners benefits Green Apple Foundation, the hotel’s charitable arm and the first glass recycling program in Cartagena, which has diverted over 400 tons of glass waste from landfills in the last six years and provides valuable employment for locals. Other sustainability initiatives include a coral regeneration program that uses old iron furniture from the hotels and baskets weaved by local artisans to regrow coral in a “coral nursery” and the hotel is 85% waste free through composting and recycling.
The Allison is committed to numerous green initiatives.
The Allison Inn & Spa, OR
Situated in Willamette Valley, the heart of Oregon’s wine country, and less than an hour drive from downtown Portland, The Allison Inn & Spa boasts the prestigious LEED Gold Certification, a rare distinction among hotels worldwide. The Allison is committed to numerous green initiatives, including: Sedum ‘Green Eco-Roofing’ on the West Wing of the property that help naturally cool the building, therefore using less energy to cool the building; Locally sourced culinary program including an on-property Chef’s Garden inclusive of beehives that produce hotel-made honey; Waste and recycle management system.
The Inn’s culinary program uses locally sourced items.
Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham, MA
As a long-time pioneer in marine conservation, Chatham Bars Inn, Cape Cod, has existed in tandem with the sea for years and offers programming that perpetuates marine environmental stewardship. Chatham Bars Inn uses a Nordaq Fresh Water Filtration System to encourage the use of reusable water bottles. Since its installation, plastic water bottles at the Inn have been reduced by 80,000. In addition to receiving much of its produce from the Chatham Bars Inn Farm, the Inn’s culinary program uses locally sourced items such as fish, dairy and meats. Farm Manager Joshua Schiff, with the help of Executive Chef Andrew Chadwick and the farm crew, are passionate about innovation within the field of agriculture.
The Considerate Collection celebrates the environmentally-led efforts.
Considerate Collection, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Global
Launched in 2021 to help travelers narrow the search for greener getaways, the Considerate Collection celebrates the environmentally-led efforts made by the brands actively sustainable luxury hotels and has since doubled in members – continuing to inspire positive impact with every stay. Hotels within the Considerate Collection must meet the following pillars: Community Minded, Cultural Custodians and Environmentally Conscious. Each property must also achieve a Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) recognized certification or pass an assessment by the SLH Sustainability Advisory Panel with independent and impartial review by the GSTC.
The Lodge practices numerous proactive sustainability efforts.
Bernardus Lodge & Spa, Carmel Valley, CA
Located just a short drive from the famed Monterey Bay, a federally protected marine area, Bernardus Lodge & Spa understands the importance of proactive sustainability efforts to keep this destination beautiful. At the Lodge, sustainability and waste reduction efforts include energy conservation initiatives like reclaimed water for landscape irrigation, low-flow shower heads, faucets and toilets along with hot water recirculation pumps. Numerous environmentally-safe efforts include biodegradable vessels for to-go food items and gift bags and natural gas fireplaces in guest rooms.
The resort grows produce using sustainably-conscious practices.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Its Travel with Purpose initiative celebrates the neighboring oceans and nurtures the endangered environment. The Hydroponics Garden, located on the resort’s two Rangali-Finolhu and Ranfinholu islands. Using the sustainably-conscious practice, Conrad Maldives grows produce through hydroponic farming in the garden and incorporates in seed-to-plate method through all culinary programs. The property offers a coral regeneration program that aims to protect more than 10,000 species of coral surrounding the resort, a coral nursery and coral adoption program for guests.

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