Dragon Bay gets eco-friendly

Dragon Bay homeowners are being
encouraged to adopt a greener lifestyle.

During the month of March, owners
at The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, The DeckHouses, and Secret Harbour received
reusable cloth shopping bags and stainless steel water bottles, part of
developer Michael Ryan’s commitment
to establishing eco-friendly practices throughout the 360-acre luxury resort
community.

A press release notes that by
encouraging residents to use these items rather than their disposable
counterparts, the community hopes to reduce the number of plastic bags and
bottles headed to the George Town landfill.

 “We invite everyone, including visitors to the
island, to use reusable bags for all purchases, and take a small step to
preserve the beauty of Cayman’s remarkable environment,” Ryan said.

Breaking the disposable bottled
water habit reduces the use of fossil fuels and toxic greenhouse gases that
result from manufacturing plastic bottles, most of which end up as landfill
waste.

From the inception of Dragon Bay,
Ryan has been committed to preserving Cayman’s pristine marine environment, and
was joined in this quest by one of Dragon Bay’s first partners – the Ocean
Futures Society led by prominent environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau.

The result of this successful
partnership is the renowned Ambassadors of the Environment program at The
Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman that educates both children and adults in the
exploration of the Islands’ marine ecology as well as conservation practices and
ideologies.

Dragon Bay has implemented an
aggressive recycling program in its offices eliminating the use of Styrofoam
and plastic bottles while also recycling paper, tin cans and batteries.

During construction, wherever
possible, recycled resources are used and stringent construction methods are
implemented to reduce waste throughout the life of a project.

In continuing this green ethos, the
Dragon Bay Foundation will be established in 2010 to allow Cayman residents,
Dragon Bay owners and guests at Dragon Bay to support projects aimed at
maintaining a healthy environment throughout the Cayman Islands.

Dragon Bay will continue its green
initiatives in 2010, focusing on reducing waste, recycling, replanting of
mangroves and supporting efforts of other agencies working to protect local
wildlife and Cayman’s natural environment.

To observe Earth Day, a Dragon Bay
clean-up on the development’s North Sound coastline is scheduled for Saturday,
24 April.

A range of activities and programs
are planned throughout the year to encourage Dragon Bay owners and staff to
become a part of Dragon Bay’s culture of conservation.

Further plans for the remainder of
the year include Dragon Bay observances of World Ocean Day in June, National
Threatened Species Day in September, World Habitat Day in October, National Recycling
Week in November and International Volunteers Day in December. 

Ryan hopes these planned activities
will encourage change and promote sustainability throughout Dragon Bay and
beyond.

“This is a project with a long-term
view of the Cayman Islands’ potential, and an understanding of the need to
preserve and enhance the environment in order to achieve that potential,” he
said.

“We also recognize the importance
of passing along the natural heritage in our care to our children and
grandchildren.”

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