In recognition and appreciation of Ocean Frontiers’ conservation initiatives and effort to reduce the environmental footprint of their dive shop, the company has been awarded the new PADI Green Star dive shop rating.
Stephen Broadbelt of Ocean Frontiers said that the achievement helped to prove that green initiatives are both environmentally and commercially viable and in turn “helped to promote green initiatives among other organisations in the dive industry”.
Ocean Frontiers Ltd. is the first dive shop in the Cayman Islands to receive the Green Star from PADI for the outstanding performance in initiating green, business, and social responsibility practices, he said.
The PADI organisation recently introduced the Green Star Award to assist PADI Dive Centres and Resorts in identifying their environmental footprint. It also offers them a range of actions they can take to lessen any negative effects.
PADI Dive Centers and Resorts who have earned the Green Star Award demonstrate a dedication to conservation across a wide range of business functions, including water conservation, energy use, environmentally friendly transportation practices, optimised waste management, use of sustainable materials, conservation leadership, paperless interactions with their PADI Regional Headquarters and donations to Project Aware
Ocean Frontiers is a two-time recipient of Project AWARE’s Environmental Achievement Award in 2004 and 2010 and takes environmental and conservation efforts as smart business practices for an industry that hinges on the health of Coral Reefs and natural resources.
The commitment of divers to environmental conservation helps preserve dive sites, coral reefs and marine resources around the world, said Mr. Broadbelt.