Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel becomes Champion of ECO-ACTIVE Marine 30|03|2011
This month the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel has become the first business in Jersey to Champion the Island’s marine environment through the ECO-ACTIVE Biodiversity Scheme run in conjunction with the States of Jersey.
Situated near to the Island’s south coast Ramsar site the hotel recognises the intrinsic link it has with the objectives set out by the scheme, which aims to engage everyone who enjoys getting out on the water, or whose livelihood depends on boats and watersports, in environmental issues.
Taking responsibility for the environment and the local community plays an important role in the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel’s operations. Focusing on its waterfront location, the hotel has created a bespoke programme of activities including hands on conservation management tasks such as the removal of marine debris, the planting of native coastal plants including sea campion, wild carrot, oxeye daisy and maram grasses in the beds outside the hotel along with hosting marine meetings and events and developing bespoke ECO packages for visiting corporate and leisure guests. The team will be developing a range of initiatives to get local school children involved in the Marine Habitat Scheme such as a ‘Strandline Bioblitz’ in association with ECO-ACTIVE and the Grassroots Beach Clean initiative with the first Beach Clean taking place on 5th April 2011. For leisure visitors to the hotel special Maritime Walks in partnership with Jersey Tourism and Blue Badge Guide Arthur Lamy have been developed to further enhance the wonderful green experience that the hotel and Jersey has to offer.
Commenting on the hotel’s three year commitment to the scheme Peter Munns, Responsible Business Coordinator, said “We’re really pleased to be part of the ECO-ACTIVE Biodiversity scheme, the programme of activity we’ve developed enables us to raise awareness of the environmental issues which are literally on our doorstep to both our guests and the local community. The practical conservation tasks also give us the opportunity to work with local schools and create hands on team building projects for our staff.”
The Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel has been an ECO-ACTIVE Business Level 2 member since July 2010 and is one of only three hotels in Jersey to achieve this member certification. The hotel is currently working toward Eco Active Level 3, which equates to ISO 14001.
Olivia Copsey Planning and Environment Department Education and Awareness Officer said “The Radisson Blu Waterfront hotel is the only business to currently champion the ECO-ACTIVE Marine scheme and we’re thrilled to be working with them on a range of exciting activities all of which will assist in raising awareness not only of the scheme but also of the environmental issues facing our beautiful coastline.”