A Greener World at Grand Palladium Resorts

Palladium Hotel Group doing a small part in conserving our Planet Earth

Environmental issues are at every person´s thoughts and responsibility in these days. That responsibility does not only fall to individuals but also to companies and Palladium Resorts does not fall behind in its commitment to help maintain our natural reserves.

Photovoltaic Plant

Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa

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With a total investment of 3.4 million US dollars, Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa has acquired the largest solar power PV plant in Jamaica this past May 30th, 2014. It is set to save over $700,000 USD in energy costs per year and full return on the investment is projected in about 4 years, with a $21.9 million USD in energy savings over 30 years. Grand Palladium Jamaica has become the first hotel in Jamaica to venture into such an investment. Jose Morgan – general manager at Grand Palladium Jamaica stated ¨and in the end, it’s a win, win, your pocket will win, the tourism sector will win, Jamaica as a destination will win¨.

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Solar company Sofos Jamaica installed the 1.6 Mega Watt producing solar panels on the roof of the complex. Sofos Jamaica is a subsidiary of Sofos Energia from Spain. Sofos Energia has implemented solar photovoltaic energy facilities in all of the Caribbean to hotels, industries and companies with high energy consumption to improve their competitiveness through saving.

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EarthCheck Silver Certified 2014

Grand Palladium Imbassai Resort & Spa

The Earthcheck Silver Certificate was issued to the Grand Palladium Imbassai Resort & Spa in Salvador de Bahia, Brasil this year due to the high standards of environmental performance. To obtain such certification the resort has had to report their environmental footprint to independent auditors and maintain international standards of best environmental practices.
The use of energy-efficient lighting, water consumption conservation systems, recycling of solid waste products, use of recycled products and the consumption of local goods and products whenever possible are just some of the ways to earn such a certification. Fostering eco-cutural understanding and sustainable development and giving preference in hiring local people promotes the increases the standard or living of local hosts communities.

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Melipona Bee Project

Grand Palladium Riviera Maya

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The Melipona Bee is an endangered species of stingless bee endemic to Southern Mexico and Guatemala. This species of bee is responsible for the pollination of 30% to 50% of Central America’s flora, however there has been a 93% decrease in hives over the last 25 years.
The Mush Meyer honey group live in Benito Juarez Quintana Roo, situated within a protected area and home to a population of Maya communities who continue the traditional activity of Melipona bee keeping. Language barriers and minimal education limits opportunities for them to benefit from the tourism industry in the region. At the beginning of the project the group was producing honey from 10 bee colonies and selling at local markets but were interested in producing value-added products to sell to hotels and restaurants.
Conservation measures needed to be implemented to strengthen their business before any work on tourism linages could be undertaken. The first phase of the project therefore focused on delivering training in bee handling and harvesting skills and improving environmental conditions, including the planting of bee-friendly vegetation. 50 new colonies were also purchased.
The Grand Palladium Riviera Maya Resort and Spa is proudly committed to working with the Mexico Melipona honey group, by providing training to the group in hygiene standards and logistics, amongst other crucial business skills. The honey group in return will visit the hotel to assess the viability of the hotel building and managing its own Melipona bee nursery. The hotel will also offer the Melipona honey products in a special local produce corner in the hotel gift shop. Don’t forget to grab them on your next Visit to the Grand Palladium Riviera Maya Resort & Spa.

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“Kantenah” Sea Turtle Camp

Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa

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Seven of eight species of sea turtles nest on Mexican coasts (Leatherback, Green turtle, Loggerhead, Hawksbill, Kemp´s Ridley, Olive Ridley and the Flatback turtles). It is a privilege increasingly shared with our visitors.
The sea turtle, which moves with ease and speed among ocean currents, becomes a vulnerable creature when it leaves the ocean to breed. Slowly and awkwardly it reaches the beach toward which its instinct has led it, and while it spawns, it is exposed to the stalking of thieves that steal its eggs or seek its meat.
As a visitor to the Riviera Maya, you play an important role in the preservation of sea turtles. Interestingly, the peak season for visitors to come to this Mexican paradise coincides with the turtles’ nesting season, and this does not create a conflict, but rather the opportunity of an encounter that will make us more responsive to our environment.
If you visit the Riviera Maya between May and October and are interested in being in real contact with nature, you cannot miss the opportunity to participate in a tour of the turtle camps. There, accompanied by a guide you will be able to see a turtles laying eggs or participate in releasing its hatchlings into the sea.
The Turtle Nest at the Grand Palladium Riviera Maya hosts many turtle nests, preserving the turtle’s ancient circle of life. If you are lucky enough to see one, please give her the respect you’d expect if the circumstances were reversed. Sea turtles live some 70 years, communicate with one another, and form complex social bonds.
Baby sea turtles nose their way up the sand 50 to 60 days after laying, and some operators offer tours that let you watch or even help release the adorable creatures into the sea. Remember that they must walk on the sand at least ten meters (33 feet), so the little turtles remember which beach to return to in 25 years or so, when it comes time to lay their own first fragile clutches of eggs.

 

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