Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) honors beach front resort for the second consecutive year
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – (August 2016) – The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan, proudly announces that it has been recertified as a Sustainable Facility by the PRTC, the island’s government-owned corporation responsible for tourism regulations and green lodging sponsored programs dedicated to the Caribbean. The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan, is the first luxury hotel in Puerto Rico to receive the Green Hotel Program Certificate for two consecutive years.
“Sustainability and environmental conservation are a fundamental part to The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company philosophy,” said Jacqueline Volkart, general manager of the resort. “We are honored by this second consecutive year of recognition by the PRTC and are committed to encouraging eco-tourism practices throughout the hotel and the local community.”
The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan has reinforced its reputation for sustainability by incorporating a comprehensive set of initiatives across several functions, including the reduction of energy use, water consumption and waste; an increase in organic dining options through its partnership with local farms; and the protection of the Isla Verde Coral Reef Marine Reserve, situated directly along the hotel coastline.
A Ritz-Carlton Environmental Action Conservation Team (REACT) is in place at the hotel with the aim of ensuring sustainability standards are maintained, and new opportunities that benefit the environment are constantly identified.
The PRTC certification process requires the property to undergo a rigorous application process, and provide copies of all the utility and maintenance bills for the past year in order to review consumption levels prior to and after entering the program. Standards range from conserving resources to infrastructure conditions and the acknowledgment of the property’s recycling program. The Green Hotel Program Certificate is valid for two years and an annual examination is prerequisite by the PRTC Sustainable Tourism Division evaluators.