Implemented Eco-friendly Procedures/Technologies/Policies
Boardwalk Small Hotel cares about nature and its beauty and is greatly devoted to lower its environmental impact. With the recent renovations Boardwalk Small Hotel has made significant investments in eco-technologies and systems.
Also in the daily operations of this eco friendly hotel in Aruba, Boardwalk goes beyond the typical towel and electricity-saving programs. Below a summary of some of the environmental initiatives that were successfully implemented at this eco friendly hotel. Boardwalk Small Hotel Aruba continuously focuses on improving its environmental footprint. For any questions you might have, please do not hesitate to contact this eco friendly hotel in Aruba.
Among Boardwalk's many environmental initiatives are:
- Switching all lighting inside the casitas to LED lighting. LED lighting uses 90% less electricity than regular lamps.
- Water reducers, which cut down water flow by 60% in all showers and faucets.
- Replacement of all airconditioning units for inverter A/C's, which cut down electricity usage of the airconditioning system by 60%
- Implementation of an electricity control system which automaticall shuts of A/C's when windows and doors are left open for longer than 1 minute. Also, a masterswitch allows all electricity of a casita to be switched on or of at one central point.
- Bulk purchasing and use of in-room dispensers delivering genuine Aruba Aloe freshly made shampoos, conditioners and lotions instead of individual packages in plastic containers.
- Using bio-degradable and environmentally friendly detergents.
- Reducing our carbon footprint by sourcing local suppliers and products made on Aruba.
- Using an eco friendly salt solution as a 'greener' way to keep the pool water clean according to high quality standards (in stead of using less environmental friendly chemical solutions and chlorine).
Environmental & Social Sustainability Policy
Boardwalk Small Hotel Aruba is committed to achieving best practice in environmental and social sustainability and has partnered with EarthCheck, the world’s leading Benchmarking and Certification Provider.
At Boardwalk Small Hotel, we recognize that activities of our hotel potentially could have a negative impact on the environment and our local community if not properly managed. Therefore, Boardwalk implemented an Environmental Management System that meets the requirements of the EarthCheck Company Standard. The hotel is committed to continuous improvements measured by annual Benchmarking Assessments and strives towards minimizing its carbon footprint by implementing sustainable initiatives aimed at improving the hotel’s performance, reducing Energy & Water usage as well as waste production.
Boardwalk Small Hotel complies with all relevant legislation, and aims to achieve international best practice. Boardwalk’s General Manager is appointed as EarthCheck Coordinator and responsible for improving the Hotel’s sustainable performance.
Special consideration is given to employing and empowering local employees, by using as much sustainable products and services as possible. Local vendors and products are used when applicable and in accordance with Fair Trade principles. Moreover, it is Boardwalk Small Hotel’s mission to offer guests of the hotel insights into the Aruban culture and direct them to local hangouts and less traveled spots, so they can experience the many different faces of Aruba, meanwhile creating awareness to preserve the island’s beauty. Doing so Boardwalk Small Hotel Aruba hopes to stimulate the local eco-system in a variety of ways.
Boardwalk Small Hotel is an intimate and tranquil vacation retreat on the lush grounds of a historic coconut plantation, located steps from popular Palm Beach in Aruba. The hotel includes 14 spacious Caribbean vacation homes, or “casitas”, offering ultimate privacy and comfort, including unique features like a private patio with hammock and BBQ. Amenities include a swimming pool, Jacuzzi and outdoor lounge area, free WIFI and complimentary parking. More information on boardwalkaruba.com.
Kimberly Rooijakkers, General Manager May 20, 2014
Note: this policy is a public document and will be reviewed annually.