Green Globe certification is an international, structured assessment of the sustainability performance of travel and tourism businesses and their supply chain partners.

To qualify for certification, businesses must address a collection of 337 compliance indicators, applied to 41 individual sustainability criteria. The applicable indicators vary by type of certification, geographical area as well as local factors.

Key factors that are focused on within the certification are sustainable management, social/economic, cultural heritage and environmental.

"This certification further reinforces Rosewood Hotels commitment to be the best that it can be, not only for its guests, but for the environments and communities in which we operate," said Kevin Lanthier, vice-president of Facilities Management at Rosewood Tucker's Point.

Last year, Rosewood Tucker's Point won a Green Workplace Award from Greenrock and The Bottom Line magazine.

Mr Lanthier has rolled out several green initiatives at the 240-acre resort, including installing Bermuda's largest installation of solar hot water panels, using solar power golf carts, operating their own wastewater treatment plant, and using two seawater reverse osmosis water systems that allows the resort to be completely self-sufficient.

Rosewood Tucker's Point was audited by architectural firm, OBM International, the only Green Globe accredited auditor on the Island. Their role is to provide Green Globe clients with third-party verification that certification criteria have been met and that they are performing to the highest standards.

"We are extremely proud to have worked with Rosewood Tucker's Point to achieve this certification," said Denaye Hinds, director of Sustainability at OBM International. "We feel it sets a new standard for other resort properties in Bermuda to achieve. And, as a Green Globe Accredited Auditor, it demonstrates the dedication of OBMI to sustainable operations and management."

Green Globe certification is active in harmonising with other established sustainability certification programmes around the world, including LEED certification. The process of harmonisation contributes to maintaining core criteria and at the same time addresses regional issues through the adoption of locally developed standards.

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