When you are responsible for 5500 fluoro lights in a resort’s worth of rooms, swapping them for energy-efficient LEDS is no small undertaking, and one that has helped RACV’s Noosa Resort towards recognition as a leader in sustainable and responsible tourism.
The resort has received Silver Certification from EarthCheck, one of the most well regarded international environment and sustainable certification groups in the world for travel and tourism.
“Anything we could measure, we improved,” says Darren McClenaghan, RACV Noosa Resort Manager. “From our energy usage, water consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, waste sent to landfill, recycling and paper product use, we have made improvements at every opportunity.
“We know that what is good for the planet is also good for business.”
Darren said the resort would now begin working towards gaining Gold EarthCheck accreditation. “Being environmentally sustainable matters to us because we know it matters to our members and guests.”
Along with RACV’s Royal Pines Resort, Noosa Resort is one of only nine vacation and business hotels and resorts across Australia, and 15 across the Pacific region, to have achieved this status. The rigorous certification process required a significant effort and commitment from employees.
Stewart Moore, CEO and founder of EarthCheck, says RACV’s Noosa Resort has taken a significant leadership position in sustainability. “I would like to congratulate the whole team at RACV’s Noosa Resort on their achievement. RACV’s Noosa Resort is measuring its performance against industry best practice and is making positive changes to reduce its environmental footprint,” says Mr Moore.