Dragon Bay cleans coastline

Dragon Bay developer Michael Ryan is sponsoring a waterfront clean-up on
Dragon Bay’s North Sound coastline to encourage eco-friendly practices throughout
the 360-acre luxury resort community.

The clean-up, scheduled for
Saturday 24 April from 8am to 11am, is part of Earth Day and open to Dragon Bay
staff, residents and the wider community.

The first 200 volunteers will
receive a commemorative Dragon Bay Earth Day 2010 T-shirt.

The participation in Earth Day
forms part of a larger effort spearheaded by Mr. Ryan to raise eco-awareness
and intended to promote green behaviour throughout the community.

“In creating a culture of
conservation, if we are to make any kind of difference, we have to get everyone
involved and start from day one,” Mr. Ryan said.

Dragon Bay homeowners have already been encouraged to
adopt new “green” behaviours.  During the month of March, owners at The
Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, The DeckHouses and Secret Harbour were gifted
with reusable cloth shopping bags and stainless steel water bottles.

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.

This
drive follows the implementation of a recycling programme in the Dragon Bay
offices.

“We made a policy to eliminate
Styrofoam and plastic bottles, recycle paper and encourage staff to keep
correspondence electronic, if possible, to reduce paper waste,” Mr. Ryan said.

In
continuing this green ethos, the ‘Dragon Bay Foundation’ will be established
later this year 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.

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

Plans
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. 

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

“My
travels to many other parts of the world have reinforced what a unique and
special place the Cayman Islands is and how we have to actively engage to
protect it, while creating the economic activity that the people need to
sustain themselves and make the right environmental choices,” he said. 

For more information or to register
for the Dragon Bay Earth Day 2010 Clean-up, e-mail [email protected]

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