EarthCheck Recognizes Eco-Friendly Practices at Grand Velas

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Grand Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit have recently achieved Gold and Silver Status respectively through EarthCheck. EarthCheck is the world’s leading organization for recognizing sustainable tourism. These luxury Mexico resorts have been recognized for being leaders in using eco-friendly methods to run their properties.

“The Velas Resorts team is very proud to be recognized at the highest levels by EarthCheck. This distinction reaffirms our steadfast commitment to the management and preservation of our resort’s environments,” says Founder and President of Velas Resorts, Eduardo Vela Ruiz.

The AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya has implemented ample sustainable practices to ensure that their property can exist in harmony with it’s surrounding fragile environment. This resort is located within 206 acres of jungle, mangroves, and freshwater cenotes. They also reforested more than 18,000 trees after the completion of construction.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya uses co-generation Electricity Plants, two Reverse-Osmosis Desalting Plants, and an on-site residual water treatment facility to reduce their dependence on local and country-wide energy sources. This resort also is involved with the Federal Sea Turtle Conservation Program, offers Behind the Scenes Eco-Tours for guests, maintains botanical gardens in the on-site restaurants, and has built artificial reefs to protect the native sea life. Not to mention, they are one of the few resorts in the country to receive a Clean Beaches Certificate from the federal government.

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit has also taken multiple steps to reduce the resort’s environmental impact. They practice a responsible use of energy sources such as inspecting and monitoring adherence to environmental regulations, recycling, and using as many biodegradable products as possible. They also work diligently to educate their employees about conservation.

Current programs that Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit has in effect for their employees include a permanent water-saving campaign, “Green Mailbox” to suggest ideas for eco-friendly implementations, and a Recycling Expo for them to show how they can use recycled items to create something new and useful. The resort has also received a Blue Flag certification that recognizes the sustainable development of beaches and marinas regarding water quality, education, information and environmental management.

To learn more about the Grand Velas Resorts, visit their website.