TradeWinds Island corporate resorts
Leave a huge impact on your attendees without leaving an impact on the environment. At TradeWinds Island Resorts, “green” is more than a buzzword. In fact, Florida Department of Environmental Protection points to TradeWinds Island Resorts as an example of how hoteliers can not only minimize their impact on the environment but also enhance the sustainability of their properties. Awarded Florida’s Green Lodging certification in the resorts’ mission to protect the area’s natural resources, reduce waste and minimize pollution, TradeWinds prides itself on its green meetings. From incorporating paper, cardboard and aluminum recycling receptacles in every venue to using reusable utensils and cloth napkins at our banquets, we’ve created a comprehensive green initiatives program for your meeting.
AMONG OUR EFFORTS:
TradeWinds was the first resort in the state to retrofit all of its beachfront fixtures with eco-friendly lighting, designed to help ensure that newly hatched sea turtles would not be attracted inland by artificial lights but instead be guided to the safe Gulf waters by moonlight.
TradeWinds was the first St. Pete Beach property to plant sea oats on the beach, restoring the native plant habitat of coastal dunes.
In an effort to contribute to more conservation initiatives, the ECOnservator Fund was established. This fund allows RumFish Grill guests to help support some of the TradeWinds environmental initiatives, including Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Secrets of the Sea Animal Care Program.
A percentage of the proceeds from the Splash Island Floating Water Park are donated each year to Tampa Bay Watch, an organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Tampa Bay estuary through scientific and educational programs.
Recycling and resource management
Paper, cardboard and aluminum recycling programs are in place throughout TradeWinds. Bright blue aluminum recycling bins are located throughout TradeWinds, and signage encourages both guests and staff to recycle. To reduce paper receipts, guests can also check out online.
All TradeWinds’ paper products meet the Green Lodge certification for recycled fiber content.
All employees proudly display their Green Lodging and sea turtle pins on their name tags.
Water initiatives and energy savings
TradeWinds has adopted Southwest Florida Water Management District’s CHAMPs linen and towel reuse program. Each room features a guest communication card.
Through an aggressive water conservation program, TradeWinds has reduced annual water consumption by 30%. The program includes linen re-use and irrigation of reclaimed water.
When balcony doors are left open, your in-room heating and air-conditioning systems shut off automatically.
Energy-efficient appliances are Energy Star-Rated.
Both hotels use high-efficiency air filters, and all guest accommodations are non-smoking for indoor air quality emphasis.
TradeWinds’ neighboring efforts
Bus stops are located at the entrance of both resorts, and serve the county bus line and the Beach Trolley, a fun open air tram that runs 26 miles along Gulf Boulevard to shopping areas, restaurants and other points of interest.
Pinellas County and the city of St. Petersburg are the first municipalities in Florida to earn the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) Green City designation. FGBC looks at green programs that benefit the environment in the areas of energy, water, air, land, and waste.