BY LAUREN HAAVIK — In step with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress arriving in Oahu this week, the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association (HLTA) spotlighted Waikiki hotels and resorts for exceptional environmental stewardship.
Five Outrigger branded, affiliated or managed properties in Waikiki were part of this recognition and awarded the 2016 Green Business Award by the Hawaii State Energy Office’s Green Business Program.
The award recognizes businesses that, in the words of the HLTA president Mufi Hannemann, practice “green with aloha” beyond the IUCN World Conservation Congress. All award recipients completed a checklist of Hawaii Green Business Program’s 10 entry-level green actions. These actions addressed sustainability categories including energy conservation, water conservation, solid waste reduction and recycling, as well as pollution prevention.
“One of the core corporate values for Outrigger Enterprises Group is ‘Wahi’ or (Place), which states we protect, care for and live in harmony with the land, our workplace, its people and cultures,” said Bitsy Kelley, vice president of corporate relations at Outrigger Enterprises Group. “As a Hawaii-based company, Outrigger is deeply committed to protecting the islands’ pristine environment and conserving its natural resources through various green initiatives and sustainability efforts.”
Bitsy Kelley will be a panelist on Sept. 3 at the IUCN’s World Conservation Congress and is a champion for OZONE (Outrigger’s ZONE), a global conservation initiative and action plan centered on protecting the health of coral reefs and oceans surrounding the iconic beach destinations of Outrigger Resorts.
Some of Outrigger’s green practices include installation of CFLs, low-voltage track lighting, LED and other energy-efficient lighting systems, a water saving program, host training to detect and report leaks and minimize water use, installation of quick-closing toilet valves, water-efficient washers, as well as energy-efficient washers and dryers. For solid waste reduction, bottles and cans are collected from guest rooms and public areas with a portion of the proceeds donated to local nonprofits.
Congratulations to the following properties that received the Green Business Award for 2016 (shown right and in below order):
- Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
- Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
- Holiday Inn Resort® Waikiki Beachcomber
- OHANA Waikiki East by Outrigger®
- OHANA Waikiki Malia by Outrigger®