We, at the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas believe that the well-being of our society and culture are inextricably tied to the health of our environment. Accordingly, we embrace our kuleana, responsibility, for environmental stewardship and are committed to embody the concept of ahupua’a, which is to take care of all living things from the mountains to the sea, by integrating leading environmental practices and sustainability principles into our core business strategy.
Through laulima, many hands working together, we will actively work to reduce the environmental impact of our business activities and to continually improve and innovate on practices aimed at:
• Conserving natural resources
• Minimizing waste and pollution
• Enhancing indoor environmental quality
• Establishing and reporting on key environmental performance indicators
• Raising environmental awareness among our associates, guests, business partners and communities
We acknowledge that, in many ways, we, like the global community we serve, are only in the early stages of developing and implementing the many changes that will be necessary to achieve these vital goals. Nonetheless, we ask for your kokua, help, as we strongly believe that our efforts to support a healthy environment serve the interests of both current and future generations and constitute the foundation for enduring holomua, success.
• “You Tidy, We Treat” Program enabling the resort to conserve energy and water by giving guests the option to defer daily housekeeping services for a resort credit.
• 30/20 by 20 Goal. In accordance with Starwood’s Worldwide Conservation goal, the resort has focuses on reducing energy consumption by 30% and water consumption by 20% by the year 2020 in comparison the its 2008 baseline study.
• High Efficiency Lighting Conversion Program helps the resort reduce electricity consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by utilizing low watt Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) in guest villas, public areas, and back of house spaces.
• Water Conservation Initiatives include replacing all guest kitchen and bath faucets with low flow aerator fixtures.
• E-Folio. In conjunction with the resort’s “Make a Green Choice” Program, guests are invited to opt to receive their bill (folio) electronically which prevents the print out and delivery of hundreds of guest folios upon checking out.
• Waste Minimization, Recycling Program and Organic Waste Management currently enables the resort to divert minimum 20% of its trash from the landfill with assorted recycling bins throughout the resort, landscape green waste composting, used kitchen oil recycling to its biodiesel processor and unused furniture/appliance/electronics donations to charity and non-profit organizations.
• Sustainable Food & Beverage Menus and Products ensure the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and healthy eating habits by sourcing local nutrients and supporting local organic farmers and businesses, fair trade items and eliminating threatened seafood varieties.
• Styrofoam Elimination and use of reusable and /or biodegradable products throughout the property protects human health and mitigates degradation associate with polystyrene manufacturing.
• Sustainable Herb Garden. Installed in December 2011, the resort’s Executive Chef and his culinary team make use of the freshest herbs grown on-site in its Sustainable Herb Garden.
• Grease Trap and Used Cooking Oil Recycling. 100% of the resort’s grease trap and used cooking oil is recycled into bio-diesel.
• Green Transportation decreases emissions of pollutants into the environment with encouragement of reducing the use of single occupant vehicles through the resort’s complimentary guest shuttle service to Ka’anapali resorts and Lahaina, public transportation option communications, and bicycle storage.
• Hazardous Waste Disposal Management diverts all resort hazardous waste such as Cathode Ray Tube televisions from local landfill by dispensing units through a local E-Cycle collector.
• Bottled Water Alternatives decrease the amount of resources, including energy, fossil fuels, oil and landfill space that is needed to manufacture, transport and dispose the bottles whereby the resort has reduced the supply of bottled water and installed water stations throughout the property as well as an on-site water filtration system for its Pulehu, an Italian Grill restaurant.
• Irrigation Standard Operating Procedures reflect the minimization of water consumption through efficient design, and maintenance of its system utilizing native drought resistant landscape, predawn watering, and leak detection measures.
• Irrigation Weather Station allows the resort to conservatively water its landscaping by receiving weather and humidity data that is directly connected to the irrigation system and can be controlled remotely.
• Amenity Donation Program, where gently used shampoos, conditioners and lotions left behind by guests are donated to Na Hale O Waine’e, West Maui’s Homeless Resource Center, also contributes to the diversion of waste.
• Quarterly Beach Cleanups on Keka’a Beach enables resort associates and leaders to work side-by-side on a quarterly basis to make a difference and keep our beaches clean. The activity has foraged great support since the start of the company’s operation in 2003.
• Highway Cleanup, a quarterly associate event, helps keep our roads and highways free and clear of trash and debris.
• HI 5 Community Project lead by the Housekeeping team includes the collection of redeemable recyclable throughout the resort that is donated to local schools and children’s athletic organizations.
• Earth Hour Participation. In 2010 & 2011, resort guests and associates joined thousands of people representing various nations around the world to take a stand against climate change through initiatives such as switching off lighting in rooms and selected resort areas for one hour.
• Earth Day Awareness. In 2010 & 2011 guests and associates learned more on the importance of caring for our earth’s environment through educational exhibits and demonstrations presented by local community partners: Maui Electric Company, Surfrider Foundation, Maui County Recycle, Aloha Recycling, University of Hawaii (Maui Campus), West Maui Sustainability, Pacific Biodiesel, Department of Land & Natural Resources, Eko Compost, Community Workday, 21st Century Lighting, Glidden Professional, and Sierra Club.
• Maui Cultural Lands Partnership. Since 2008, the resort has actively participated and supported efforts to help protect and restore Hawaiian cultural resources in Honokowai Valley & Kaheawa. Resort associates and guests have teamed-up on a quarterly basis in the on-going restoration project.
• International Coastal Cleanup Day. Both guests and associates participated in this worldwide event in 2010 & 2011 as they cleaned the beach and reef of unwanted trash that included over 300 cigarette butts.
• Ocean Awareness Outreach Station partnered with Ka’anapali Makai Watch and the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, provides a wealth of information on the importance of the ocean, reef and its ecosystems.
• University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC) Sustainability Mentorship Program. Twice a year, members of the resort’s Sustainability Council give presentations to the students of the students of UHMC on Sustainable Hospitality as part of the resort’s Sustainability Mentorship Program.
• Sustainability Council is joined by leaders and associates from key departments who meet monthly and work on ways to reduce the company’s impact on the environment.
• Associate Awareness Events that teaches staff how to go green by conserving energy and water and minimizing waste. Twice a year the resort’s Sustainability Council hosts these awareness raising events such as the beginning of the year Kick-Off and mid-year Recycling Challenge.
• Plastic Bag Ban. In support of Maui County’s Plastic Bag Ban, the resort has eliminated the use of single-use disposable plastic bags and encourages guests to use reusable shopping bags by proving each family with a complimentary reusable bag.
• Energard Utilities Conservation Program Achievement Award was given to the resort for
o October 2011
o November 2011
o December 2011
o February 2012