Rarotonga, Cook Islands, June 01, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- In an important milestone for Pacific Resort Rarotonga, the organisation’s commitment to environmental practices has been recognised by EarthCheck; the world’s leading sustainable travel and tourism certification organisation.
The EarthCheck Program is widely regarded as the world’s most scientifically rigorous. It measures key environmental indicators such as energy and water consumption, and total waste production as well as community commitment.
Using the EarthCheck tool, Pacific Resort Rarotonga committed to benchmarking local environmental and social issues; such as biodiversity conservation, environmental investment and enhanced community socio-economic benefits. This involves submitting a year’s worth of operational data, and having it compared to that of other communities of a similar kind. They achieved Bronze Benchmarked status. By taking such a holistic view of sustainability practices, Pacific Resort Rarotonga was able to identify where they were out-performing others, and where room for improvement remained.
The EarthCheck Program allows an organisation to compare its performance against that of others using more than a decade of factual, operational data, submitted by over 1000 communities, government entities and businesses in 60+ countries.
“I am delighted that Pacific Resort Rarotonga has achieved Benchmarked status,” says Stewart Moore, CEO of EC3 Global. “Pacific Resort Rarotonga has recognised a maturing of the science behind climate change and environmental sustainability, and has chosen to apply the highest possible standard to their community.
“Going well beyond mere tick-box action is not an easy task. It requires the commitment of all staff, visitors and key stakeholders. Pacific Resort Rarotonga has emerged as an example of a community organisation committed to environmentally sustainable living, and the EarthCheck logo serves to demonstrate that their claims are credible.”
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About Pacific Resort Rarotonga:
Located in the South Pacific island nation of the Cook Islands with a population of almost 20,000, Pacific Resort is Rarotonga’s leading full-service authentic boutique resort situated in an unrivaled location on the glorious white sands of Muri beach. This premium boutique resort offers a perfect blend of modern comforts and traditional island hospitality. A place where simple, lazy days meet luxurious evenings. And where the friendly, gracious staff meet your every request. www.pacificresort.com
EarthCheck is the next generation of environmental certification and benchmarking. It is the culmination of a journey that began in 1987 and continues to this day. Exclusively owned by EC3 Global, the EarthCheck Program is used by more sustainable travel and tourism companies than any other; helping them navigate the path forwards with certainty and peace of mind, while recognizing that the planet deserves more than half measures. www.earthcheck.org