Maui Resorts Add Environment-Friendly Amenities to Go Green
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
With climate change inevitable and humankind becoming increasingly aware of their impacts on the environment, several Maui resorts have resolved to go green sooner rather than later. As we prepare to experience what could be the hottest summer on record, multiple properties in Maui have begun to add eco-friendly services and amenities designed to conserve energy and water, and also reduce carbon emissions.
Among the Maui resorts pushing a new environmentally conscious agenda is the Westin Maui Resort & Spa. In a statement, a representative spoke of their goal of “30/20 by 20,” which involves reducing energy use by 30% and reducing water consumption by 20% by the year 2020. The resort also includes drought-resistant landscaping and locally-sourced menu items at its on-site restaurant. Guests can get involved in the initiative by choosing to defer daily housekeeping services in exchange for Starwood points.
Another notable resort pushing green energy is the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. The Lahaina resort is choosing to focus more on renewable energy, having recently installed a series of solar panels on its roof. Hyatt is hoping that the panels will account for 6% of the properties energy usage.
The Fairmont Kea Lani is also installing solar panels to offset 10% of their energy demands, which will equal a reduction of 457 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. The resort also actively engages in other sustainability and environmentally-friendly projects and objectives.
The green movement among the above resorts and others around Maui is not a new one. While it may appear to be a product of the growing environmentally-conscious trend, MauiTime.com suggests it’s also driven by capital investment and money-saving opportunities. Additionally, the resorts’ initiatives have been received well by local government, with the county of Maui endorsing and backing many of the eco-friendly initiatives.
Among all the new movements and transitions to energy-efficient means, the underlying message is to residents, travelers, and hotel employees rather than the resorts themselves. Hyatt Senior Engineer Gary Bulson states “Educating the staff and local residents about being environmentally conscious is another way that Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa supports the efforts of the community.”
To learn more about Maui resorts’ initiatives to going green, read the full article on MauiTime.com.