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Green Globe honours Rosewood Tucker’s Point

The Rosewood Tucker’s Point golf course (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Rosewood Tucker’s Point has again been certified as a “world leader of sustainable travel and tourism businesses.”

The recognition comes from Green Globe, which has 147 members in the Caribbean, North, Central and South America. The accolade puts the hotel in the top ten of those areas.

Rosewood Tucker’s Point first obtained the award in 2012, three years after it opened, and is the only member in Bermuda. According to a hotel press release, the certification process requires properties to follow a rigorous collection of 337 compliance indicators applied to 41 individual criteria in areas of sustainable management, social/economic, cultural heritage and environmental.

Standards range from conserving resources to the incorporation of local culture to employee training regarding their role in environmental, sociocultural, health and safety practices.

“We are extremely honoured to have been awarded the Green Globe re-certification yet again this year,” said Paul Telford, the hotel’s managing director.

“The Facilities Management Team, spearheaded by Daniel Moore, Director of Engineering and Property Management, has been extremely diligent and I would like to thank them for all of their efforts in order to meet the rigorous assessment.”

To complete the certification process, members undergo an independent on-site audit to ensure that their sustainability efforts have been thoroughly inspected, explained Mr Telford.

Obtaining the Green Globe certification is the culmination of more than $1 million in green capital investments at the resort. The hotel’s green initiatives have included a wastewater treatment plant, solar hot water plant, seawater reverse osmosis plant producing up to 50,000 gallons a day and a thermal solar hot water system.

“The majority of water throughout the property is produced by the Reverse Osmosis plant processing abstracted seawater and topped up by rainwater caught on our roofs,” said Mr Moore.

“When discharged throughout the drainage system, including over 60 estate homes, wastewater is pumped to the wastewater treatment plant, is reclaimed and diverted to a two-million gallon pond that is used to irrigate the golf course and croquet lawn.

“Additionally, Rosewood Tucker’s Point hotel, private residence clubs and wastewater treatment plant have the capability to be powered 100 per cent independently during power outages from internal generation plants.”

Guests can take advantage of experiencing the hotel’s ecological tours, cave exploration, guided kayaking tours and swimming in Bermuda’s largest underground lake, named Church Cave, added the press release.

There are also active nesting areas throughout the property for the indigenous Bermuda bluebird. The hotel’s “coffee chine” is thought to have the only three remaining Bermuda Coffee Trees on the island. Also, the kitchen utilises herbs from the various gardens and all kitchen oil is collected and refined for alternative fuel around the property.

“The property shares the 8th position across the Americas, including the Caribbean, and also shares the 6th position among the Caribbean members. The recent rise to the Top Ten is something I am very proud of,” explained Moore.

As a Green Globe certified member, Rosewood Tucker’s Point is included on the association’s sustainable travel website, www.greenglobe.travel

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