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As environmental concerns increase throughout the world, Marriott International is implementing an environmental framework around their brands to encourage a growing green market share.
The St Kitts Marriott Resort is consistently educating the staff on the benefits of the 3 R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle. The 4th R, is the resort, which continues to introduce furniture sales to enable staff and the general public to purchase items no longer in use at the resort, allowing us to decrease our existing stock while providing the opportunity of purchasing items at a reduced cost.
The Royal St Kitts Golf Club was the first Marriott golf property in the Caribbean that achieved certification through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Over the last 4 years the resort worked hard to reduce its carbon footprint. The St Kitts Marriott has reduced the overall acreage of areas that are out of play for golfers resulting in reductions in the use of fertilizers and pesticides. On occasion, as an alternative to herbicide the resort has begun using untreated ocean water to eradicate tropical signal grass (a very difficult weed to control). However this method is only used in the off season when the course is not busy.
Another significant milestone is that over the past 4 years the resort has further reduced its water usage approximately 25% through a variety of methods. Part circle sprinkler heads have been introduced which has enabled the reduction in irrigation.
The water treatment plant on property treats and recycles used water for the golf course and plants around the property.
The resort has also implemented an Energy Conservation Committee which conducts monthly audits to aid in the improvement or to update the resort on low cost changes that can be implemented. Marriott’s didn’t stop there and took further steps by introducing energy efficient bulbs around the property, plus utilized non–toxic cleaning supplies. There has also been the installation of low flow devices in the bathrooms and showers.
“At Marriott, we believe that we have a role to play in protecting our environment. Our practices reflect the environmental interests and concerns of our guests, associates, business partners and communities” noted Jacques Hamou, Marriott SKN’s General Manager.
St Kitts is a beautiful island rich in heritage and culture, however its natural wonders are also fragile, thus we all need to partake in protecting the islands natural resources (Reefs, Beaches, Forests, and Ponds). Marriott believes that the future of our business is green. More of our guests expect it, more of our associates value it, and based on scientific evidence Marriott believes it is the right thing to do.