What if a resort could be environmentally responsible without compromising the services for its guests? That’s a question we asked ourselves years ago. TradeWinds embraced the comprehensive program designed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and was the first resort in the state to apply for its Florida Green Lodging certification. The FDEP often cites TradeWinds as an example of how hoteliers can minimize their impact on the environment and enhance the sustainability of their properties.
Both resorts hold the Green Lodging Certification in recognition of efforts to protect the area’s natural resources, reduce waste and minimize pollution. The resorts use Energy Star rated appliances and high-efficiency air filters for indoor air quality and have an aggressive recycling program. We’ve even managed to reduce total water consumption by more than 30% through our towel and linen reuse program and making changes in our industrial in-house laundry complex.
As a pioneer, TradeWinds was the first resort in the state to retrofit all beachfront fixtures with eco-friendly lighting that doesn’t draw newly hatched sea turtles off their course toward the sea. We were rewarded when, for the first time in over 28 years, 85 baby turtles hatched and made their way to the Gulf. We’ve been recognized for our erosion management and habitat conservation, which includes the planting of sea oats and native plant species.
Green initiatives … just small steps we all can do to make sure our beachfront setting is preserved for generations to come. Learn more about our environmental initiatives.
TradeWinds Eco Team
Founded by two eco-minded employees of TradeWinds Island Resorts, the Eco Team's mission is to raise awareness about the effects of the "human footprint." The team hosts special eco-events sponsored by TradeWinds Island Resorts and through other education, local outreach and conservation efforts.
The team holds monthly meetings with guest speakers from local organizations such as Secrets of the Sea, Tampa Bay Watch, Sea Turtle Trackers and Clearwater Marine Aquarium. These speakers lead the group in topic-related activities and issue an eco-challenge for the group to take on that month.
In addition, the Eco Team participates in monthly beach cleanups, inviting local residents and guests to join in. They adopt Sea Turtle nests every year and have created a recycling program for our team members. Follow @TWEcoTeam