Secret St. James Montego Bay featured on SustainableTrips.org

Secrets St. James Montego Bay is proud to be featured on SustainableTrips.org! We believe you don’t have to sacrifice commitment to the environment to provide an incredible vacation experience. Secrets St. James is surrounded by so much Jamaican natural beauty that is worth protecting for future generations. We strive to minimize our impact on the environment through good engineering practices and operating procedures. We also participate in local environmental activities such as beautification projects, recycling, beach clean-ups and habitat protection. Here are a few other sustainability initiatives we’re proud of at Secrets St. James.

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  • A guest room energy conservation management system that utilizes a motion detector system to reduce air conditioning and lighting energy usage when guest rooms are unoccupied.
  • Through our recycling program, we have reduced the amount of plastic, cardboard boxes, and used toner inks that are sent to our landfills.
  • In September 2013, we participated in and sponsored an international beach clean up.
  • Composting projects are carried out by our landscaping department.
  • In our grey water treatment system, water is recycled from guest’s showers and utilized for irrigation on the property.
  • Housekeeping’s guest room conservation card provides guests with the option to reduce the amount of linens used during their stay, reducing the water and chemicals used for laundry services.
  • Fruit and vegetable peelings from our kitchens are donated to local pig farmers.
  • The hotel continues to embark on community sustainability projects to aid in the development of our society through charitable donations – cash or kind and time to schools, churches and other organizations in need.
  • In June 2013, the Catherine Hall Basic School beautification project included the creation of a vegetable garden and picnic tables, enhancement of the school grounds, and donations to children by our employees and guests.
  • We made donations to the Garland Children’s Home school in May 2013.
  • The Labour Day Project 2012 was a volunteer project in partnership with our local government to beautify the local Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay.
Ariel view of Secrets St. James Montego Bay

Ariel view of Secrets St. James Montego Bay

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Secrets Vallarta Bay Joins Puerto Vallarta Sustainable Tourism Project

Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta has joined the collaboration agreement between the University Centro de la Costa de Guadalajara and AMResorts to help develop sustainable tourism in Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay.

Max Greig and Mauricio Martinez (Photo Source: http://www.cuc.udg.mx)

The cooperation agreement states that the university will offer advice and guidance to hotel staff to help create environmental initiatives to keep tourism sustainable in Puerto Vallarta. The University de la Costa has a Center for Sustainable Tourism Development and maintains an active role in environmental development in the area including the rescue effort of the El Salado Estuary.

The General Manager of Secrets Vallarta Bay, Mauricio Martinez, emphasized the common interests between AMResorts and the university to start together a series of programs for local people to preserve biodiversity, reduction or recycling of waste resources, and sustainable use of natural resources in the region of Banderas Bay.