Aruba’s favorite timeshare resort takes environmental protection seriously, 365 days a year, observing sustainable practices every day.
The Engineering Team recently shared some of the steps taken by the resort to minimize its negative impact on the environment and to safeguard a healthy and safe environment for guests and employees.
The Housekeeping Department substituted dangerous cleaning chemicals for less harmful materials, and Engineering switched to low or zero volatile organic compound paints inside guest rooms. They have also methodically replaced all mercury light bulbs, the compact fluorescent ones, as well as the incandescent pool lights for LED bulbs and replace old ozone depletion refrigerant, by an improved high-efficiency green refrigerant. In a most innovative way, using no extra fuel source, the engineers exchange the heat from cooling equipment to produce hot water for guest rooms.
During the resort renovations, all guest bathrooms and kitchens were equipped with water aerators, in face basins, on showers heads and on kitchen faucets. Motion sensors were installed for light control in public guest-restrooms and in the associate locker rooms and toilets.
Having replaced all old guest room refrigerators, the new ones now boast high-efficiency status, with “Energy Star certified,” stickers, and the patio side doors and windows, are now made of double glazed glass designed to reduce heat radiation entering guest rooms.
In the Food & Beverage Department the green waste from the main kitchen is used by a farmer as pig feed, and kitchen oils are collected for the Bio Diesel production. A strictly adhered to quarterly service of the grease traps in the kitchen prevents excessive kitchen oil contamination at the neighboring Bubali treatment plant.
As far as the island’s environmental activities, La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino regularly participates in Sponsor a Mile road side cleanings, the annual Coastal Cleanup, and the annual Reef Care Clean Up in collaboration with Red Sail Sports. The resort and its associates also sponsor a yearly trash can maintenance program, along the beach and coastal areas. The resort actively contributes to community projects such as the Queen Wilhelmina Cancer Fund, and provides carpentry support to the children’s reading program, Bon Nochi, Drumi Dushi. School Hilario Angela in San Nicolas regularly enjoys building repairs and support of educational material, as well as yearend Christmas baskets , for families in need.
La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino contribute and sponsors the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association Environmental Projects and many other community oriented foundations.
The beach, Aruba’s #1 Attraction and one of the hotel’s biggest assets enjoys a monthly maintenance service of the swim area, and receives an underwater cleaning by a local Scuba diving company.
One of the resort’s focal areas, the gardens and the tropical landscaping, are regularly irrigated with gray water and treated with environmentally friendly pesticides & fertilizers. The green garden waste is recycled by Fantastic Gardens as compost to be bagged and reused in landscaping projects.
Chief Engineer Daniel Aguirre and the Environmental & Safety Manager Frank Sabajo report that solid waste handling is done by a professional company focusing on waste separation for recycling purpose.
Director of Human Resources Tessely Koolman adds that the resort constantly educates its team members in areas of personal & professional growth, on different important topics including green practices, health issues and safety challenges and conducts monthly internal audits by managers in order to maintain a premier tourist product.
The resort is currently affiliate with an internationally recognized green certification program “Earth Check,” and has been a Green Certified Platinum Earth Check Resort since 2000. The certification conducts yearly property inspection on agreed standards according the resort’s own Environmental & Social Policy.