We are in the sustainability planning process for the Cayuga Hotels and Lodges for 2017 and beyond. Zero Waste Production – Child Care for all of our Staff – Functional Gardens – Carbon Neutrality – Gender Equality and Opportunities – Cayuga University – 100 percent Renewable Energy – Company Doctors – Sustainable Food and Beverages are just a few of our goals.
About three to four times a year we get together with the hotel and lodge managers and the corporate support team to focus on a specific area in our operations. Earlier in the year we focused on Food & Beverage, Administration & Accounting, Human Resources and this past week it was time to talk about our strategy into the future in terms of sustainability.
In 2015, we developed a document called “Sustainability 2.0” that would propel us to the next level of sustainable hospitality with innovations, focus and exploring areas that were not traditionally considered part of sustainable hospitality. The Experience & Sustainability Managers from the hotels and lodges gave presentations on what was achieved in the last year at each property.
We visited two projects in the San Jose and Central Valley area that we thought would be an “inspiration” for us.
The first one was SIFAIS. It is a private non-profitable project that promotes self-advancement and social integration through the teaching and learning of art, sports or trades. Music, arts or sports are an excuse: the goal is social inclusion through. This project operates in La Carpio, one of San Jose’s poorest and “roughest” neighborhoods.
The second project was the Ark Herb Farm located in the foothills of the Poas Volcano near Alajuela. An impressive botanical garden and herb farm created by the north American expat Tommy Thomas during the last 25 years.
Since the culinary aspect of things is very important to us at Cayuga, we asked the owners of Costa Rica Meadery to prepare a special lunch for us. Only local ingredients and preferably from the ark farm.
We finished the day at the Grano de Oro Hotel with a happy hour. Our concept of Experience – Learn – Connect – Relax was lived to the fullest during those two days.
Stay tuned for our Sustainability Report 2016 and our plans for 2017. If you would like to experience sustainable hospitality at our hotels and lodges, send us a note. We would love to show you our approach to sustainability.