“The EarthCheck Certified technology is unlike anything else used in the industry—each consecutive year of our benchmarking and auditing journey revealed successes and areas for improvement—which we were then able to implement the following year,” said Rebeca Garcia, Quality, Sustainability and Social Responsibility Director for Palladium Hotels Group in a recent release. “The results speak for themselves—we are proud of our EarthCheck Gold status—and even prouder of our ongoing commitment to continued benchmarking and improvement through the program.”
Palladium Vallarta, Mexico (Certified Gold). This hotel installed low-flow faucets and a program to reuse linens where possible. The programs yielded a 31.3-percent decline in potable water use since Palladium joined the EarthCheck program. Further, the hotel saw a 69.3-percent reduction in landfill waste thanks to a stepped-up strategy of waste sorting and recycling separation.
Grand Palladium and Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa, Jamaica (Certified Gold). Following the installation of solar panels, this resort was able to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 8.9 percent.
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Complejo Grand Palladium Punta Cana – Dominican Republic (Certified Gold). This hotel was able to realize a 97.8 percent reduction in landfill waste between 2011 and 2016 by recycling and reusing materials. Among the successful strategies were the composting of green waste and detailed stream separation of recyclables. Further, the hotel was the first Dominican hotel to convert to environmentally friendly refrigerants, earning it the Dominican Republic Government “Cleaner Production” award. EarthCheck’s “Zero Leak” program, where staff is trained to identify and act to prevent leaks also led to a 13.7-percent reduction in the use of potable water.
Grand Palladium Imbassai Resort & Spa – Brazil (Certified Silver). This hotel reduced the amount of waste it sent to the landfill by 47.1 percent, thanks to increased recycling and composting of such items as eggshells, coffee and other kitchen waste. The resort’s efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions are also notable, resulting in a 14.5-percent reduction since joining EarthCheck.
Grand Palladium Riviera Maya Resort & Spa – Mexico (Certified Gold). The sorting of waste and a program to separate recyclables led to a reduction in landfill waste of 64.9 percent. And by sourcing water from authorized wells and a gray water program, this resort was able to reduce its use of potable water by 44.7 percent. Lastly the property saw a 46.5-percent reduction in energy consumption thanks to the use of energy-saving lightbulbs and other preventative measures.
Palladium is known for its commitment to helping the communities in which they have properties by sharing the area’s natural resources while simultaneously working to mitigate the impact of climate change and fortify the area’s resilience to natural disasters and resource conflicts
Since joining EarthCheck more than 10 years ago, Palladium properties have made substantial gains against benchmarks in such key areas as water, waste and energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and more.