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July 24, 2010updated Feb 08, 2013

Palace Resorts Starts Green Foundation In Mexico

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Palace Resorts Starts Green Foundation In Mexico

Miami, Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

Palace Resorts – the company that surpasses the traditional definition of all-inclusive with the very best five-star service and amenities – is the industry leader in eco-friendly hospitality initiatives adhering to the stringent guidelines for environmental sustainability set by the Earthcheck program, MARTI & GEO certifications. Palace Resorts efforts are supported by the Palace Resorts Foundation which promotes sustainable life for the native environment and its inhabitants through the Ecological Sustainability Committee, which was developed to assist the local areas in the destinations where Palace Resorts are located.

The Palace Resorts Foundation’s Environmental Committee provides tools to balance the development of Palace Resorts business with the environmental welfare of Mexico’s natural resources and its native ecological inhabitants. Ecological sustainability starts with the resort initiatives that recycle more than 124 tons of paper and plastic each year, resulting in more than 2,121 trees saved. In addition, all furniture removed from resort properties is reused by selling it for a small fee to those in need, and the profits benefit the Palace Foundation and its three committees.

Employees and guests are encouraged to contribute to ecological practices through bins for recyclable and organic goods, monitoring the boiler and furnace emissions into the atmosphere, installing systems for measurement and analysis in each drainage well, and providing “ecological tent cards” in all guestrooms to minimize water and energy consumption. Additionally, Vallarta Palace, Beach Palace, Cancun Palace, Sun Palace and Cozumel Palace are equipped with an energy saving light system, which requires the room key to be inserted into a special slot upon entering to activate in-room lighting. When the key is removed upon leaving the room, all lights are turned off, saving a substantial amount of energy while guests are out enjoying the rest of the resort.

Palace Resorts also safeguards native leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles in Cancun and Riviera Maya. Through the Palace Turtle Conservation Camps at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, Cancun Palace, Sun Palace, Beach Palace Wyndham Grand Resort and Xpu-Ha Palace Wyndham Resort, scientists and specialists cares for turtle eggs until they hatch. Since it opened, the Camp has helped save more than 140,000 offspring of this endangered species. Palace Resort guests can get involved in this project by helping the scientists release hatched turtles into the Caribbean Sea.

The brand’s green efforts through the Palace Foundation have been internationally recognized as leading the hospitality industry by some of the top conservation programs and certifications. The standard for sustainable tourism has been raised by Palace Resorts as the chain boldly became the first new group member globally to join the EarthCheck Program, the environmental sustainability program that’s raising the benchmark for certification. Through EarthCheck, Palace Resorts has implemented new systems to monitor, measure and manage resort operational efficiencies, adhering to the highest of scientific standards for sustainable tourism, including eco-friendly approaches to operations, conservation measures and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). As a result of fulfilling all new EarthCheck policies, Palace Resorts has also successfully completed the certifications for MARTI, the Meso American Reef Tourism Initiative, which awards companies that protect the region’s natural landscape through sustainable hotel operations. The Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort and Riviera Cancun Golf & Resorts are the first in Latin America properties to be awarded the Golf Environment Organization (GEO) Certification, which boasts esteemed recognition and endorsement of the United Nations and the World Wildlife Foundation, as a result of the green design, construction, studies of impact, and environmental practices at these golf clubs and courses.

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