– Originally posted on Pacific Business News –
Surfers and eco-conscious guests at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore will be saying “stoked” now more than ever: The resort is the first property in Hawaii and second surf resort in the world to receive STOKE certification.
STOKE, which stands for Sustainable Tourism Operator’s Kit for Evaluation, is the world’s first sustainability certification program for surf and ski properties.
“It’s an honor to be awarded this prestigious designation, resulting from our continued commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship,” said Scott McCormack, vice president of real estate for Turtle Bay Resort. “Over the past year we’ve collaborated with STOKE to further our master plan for the benefit of all guests who seek a resort experience that is in keeping with the spirit of the North Shore.”
STOKE evaluated Turtle Bay against 142 criteria and 326 sustainability indicators, and the resort received an overall compliance score of 83 percent. Turtle Bay scored highest in cultural heritage impacts management with a 90 percent score, and lowest in environmental impact management at 76 percent. STOKE also measured the resort’s sustainable management and social and economic impacts management.
According to a release, sustainable initiatives cited include working with local schools, the elderly, sporting groups, Hawaiian cultural festivals, supporting local agricultural programs, establishing permanent conservation easements, installing green roofing and renewable energy installations.
A detailed list of Turtle Bay’s results can be found on STOKE’s website.
STOKE has member properties in Fiji’s Mamanuca Islands and the Coral Coast, the Mentawai Islands, Costa Rica, Liberia, Panama, the Telo Islands and the Philippines.