Sustainability at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel: Looking Back on This Year’s Earth Day21 Apr 2017, Posted by Galapagos Islands Blog in
This coming Saturday, 22 April, the world will come together to celebrate the 47th anniversary of Earth Day. As part of this yearly tradition, the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel likes to look back and recognize the efforts we’ve made (and continue to make) to help make the world a cleaner, more sustainable place while offering our guests one of the most beautiful places to stay at while enjoying the Galapagos islands.
Earth Day: Prestige is a Green Key
In 2016, the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel became the only member in throughout the Galapagos to become part of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World family. To become a part of this prestigious group of hotels, the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel was vetted for and fulfilled the following attributes:
- Sustainability by protecting and enhancing nature and culture
- Engagement by connecting with local people and communities
- Authenticity by revealing a true sense of place
- Excellence by providing world-class guest services
- Inspiration by offering unique and enriching experiences
In addition to this, the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel was the World’s Leading Green Hotel in 2016.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
There’s been a number of permanent practices and structural upgrades that have allowed for the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel to reduce its impact while raising awareness on the beauty and fragility of the islands. Back in 2005, Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel became the first hotel in Puerto Ayora to have its own wastewater treatment plant, along with a purification system and solar energy water heaters that reduce energy needs by 50-70%. From here onwards, it became a domino effect of sustainable practices.
The Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel now uses biodegradable soap, detergent and shampoo supplies for guests and hotel staff. LED energy-saving light bulbs are now in use throughout the entire hotel. We also have ongoing clean-ups of the beach and surrounding walking paths. We constantly weigh our trash output to create a numerical goal that involves reducing our trash to a minimum.
Planting for a Better Tomorrow
These past four years have presented us with some rather remarkable fruits of labour. Our mangrove reforestation initiative, which involved the plantation of more than 500 mangrove plants in the areas surrounding the hotel, are now widely apparent. Additionally, we built several artificial tidal pools to help house endemic bird species such as ducks, egrets and herons.
Alongside this, our Chakrita Lab project has grown (pun intended) into something fantastic for both our guests and ourselves. This project consists of a contained vegetable farm that’s right beside our hotel, and focuses on “hyperlocal organic agriculture” that allows us to import less produce via airplane/boat from the mainland and helps us reduce our carbon footprint as well. By growing on site, our guests are able to enjoy some of the freshest, organic produce available in the whole archipelago.
Here at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, we aim to emphasize the value and importance of sustainable tourism on this historic day throughout our planet. We will forever be committed to this cause, while being equally committed to offering our guests an outstanding level of quality and service throughout our hotel.