Eco Rating Estado Natural

Name of property Estado Natural
Person completing this form Elias Mallof
Position Assistant Manager
Address of property Playa del Viento
San Bernardo del Viento
Cordoba
Country Colombia
Phone number including country code and area code (57) 300-273-9614
Web site Estado Natural
E-mail info@estado-natural.com
Type of property Beach Ecolodge
Number of rooms or cottages Four cottages
Maximum number of guests 22
Eco memberships None
Eco ratings, certifications, awards Eco Rating at Eco Tropical Resorts: 3.2 out of 5.
  • Do you have a written environmental or social sustainability policy?     YES

If yes, please attach.  Please see: http://www.estado-natural.com/Estado-Natural/Eco-logico.html

  • Do you have a written environmental management system?                  NO

If yes, please attach.  Not written but we do have an environmental management system.

  • Describe the property – aim, size, facilities, amount of land owned and leased  (150 words max).   We have a small but ecologically critical piece of land located between the beach and a mangrove lagoon with 40 meters of ocean frontage.  We also have two small bird islands located right in front of us some 150 meters from our beach.  For our aim and mission please visit: http://www.estado-natural.com/Estado-Natural/About%20Us.html
  • Describe the location, including distance to nearest town and size of town (100 words max).  We are located on a pristine beach reachable by paved road.  Our nearest important town is San Bernardo del Viento (population 11,400), 7 km away.
  • Describe WHY you made the decision to develop an eco resort (100 word max)

We enjoy the tranquillity, nature and people of this region.  We also believe we can live in harmony with nature and we can teach our guests to do the same.  In doing this, we can also preserve the natural beauty and environmental integrity of this region.

Introduction to the Butterfly Club’s Eco Rating

The Butterfly Club Eco Rating has five equally-weighted categories:

  • Energy;
  • Water;
  • Recycling and waste;
  • Land and nature conservation; and
  • Community.

Each category has five levels, designated by one to five butterflies.  Through self assessment, resort operators completing this rating will determine their own levels within each category based on their responses to items listed below.

Two categories – energy and water – have similar rating systems with Levels 1 and 2 addressing conservation of existing resources, and Levels 3, 4 and 5 addressing creation of renewable energy or capturing water.

Level five in every category also requires written sustainability policies or environmental management systems to: (1) monitor and record consumption; (2) test and apply additional conservation methods; and (3) work towards specific targets.   We require a copy of your policies if you achieve level 5 in any category.

Eco Rating Estado Natural Energy

Levels 1 and 2 – conservation: Check all that apply:

_+__  use natural air circulation and fans, not air conditioners
_+__  use natural light during the day
__+_  minimize use of fossil-fuel powered vehicles, machines and equipment
___  use “on demand” or solar heating for hot water
__+_  air dry clothes/linens
__+_  wash dishes by hand
___  use energy efficient appliances and electronics
__+_  use low wattage fluorescent light bulbs
___+  change linens, tablecloths, napkins upon request
__+_  switch off lights when not used
Other energy conservation activities? Please list:

Level 1 = four or fewer energy conservation activities

Level 2 = five or more energy conservation activities

 

Levels 3, 4 and 5 – renewable energy: Indicate proportion (%) of energy from each source:

_10%__  solar
___0  wind
_0__  hydro
__0_  generator
__90_  public utility
Other energy sources? Please list:

100% TOTAL
How were these proportions developed?

Level 3 = renewable energy is employed and is less than 1/3 of all energy

Level 4 = renewable energy constitutes 1/3 – 2/3 of all energy

Level 5 = renewable energy constitutes 2/3 or more of all energy.  In addition, there are written sustainability policies or environmental management systems to: (1) monitor and record energy consumption; (2) test and apply additional energy conservation methods; and (3) work towards specific energy targets.

Attach a copy of your policies if you achieve Energy Level 5 (required).

Your Energy Level (select 1 – 5) =   3

Eco Rating Estado Natural Water

Levels 1 and 2 – conservation: Check all that apply:

_+_  low flow faucets and showerheads
__+  low water use toilets
_+_  change linens, towels, tablecloths, and napkins upon request
__+_use table mats that can be wiped and not laundered
_+_  use biodegradable laundry detergent, dish soap and hand soap
_N/A_  treat swimming pool with chlorine-free processes
Other water conservation activities?  Please list.

Level 1 = three or fewer water conservation activities

Level 2 = four or more water conservation activities

 

Levels 3, 4 and 5 – capture and treat fresh water and manage waste water. Capture water: Indicate proportion (%) of water from each source:

__80_  spring
___  river
__20_  rain
___  reuse gray (We use gray water to water plants)
__0_  public utility
Other water sources? Please list.

100% TOTAL

Fresh water treatment: how is captured fresh water treated?
_n/a__  naturally.  Indicate method: charcoal, ultraviolet light, other? List:
__n/a_  chemically.  List chemicals used:

Waste water management:
___  septic tanks
__+_  cesspools
___  other? List methods:

Level 3: Water is captured (from springs, rivers, rain or prior use) and constitutes less than 1/3 of water from all sources.  Water is treated chemically.  Water disposal does not minimize damage to coral reefs and rain forests

Level 4:  Captured water constitutes 1/3 to 2/3 of all water.  Water is treated naturally. Water disposal minimizes damage to coral reefs and rain forests

Level 5:  Captured water constitutes more than 2/3 of all water.  Water is treated naturally. Water disposal minimizes damage to coral reefs and rain forests.   In addition, there are written sustainability policies or environmental management systems to: (1) monitor and record water consumption; (2) test and apply additional water conservation methods; and (3) work towards specific water targets.

Attach a copy of your policies if you achieve Water Level 5 (required).

Your Water Level (select 1 – 5): 4

Eco Rating Estado Natural Recycling and waste

Check all that apply:

_+__   use durable service items, e.g. cups, glasses, dishes, tableware, storage items
__+_   buy fresh and local to reduce packaging and emissions from transportation
___   purchase in bulk to reduce packaging
__+_   recycle paper, glass, plastic, alumini um
__n/a_   minimize emissions from fossil-fuel powered vehicles, machines & equipment
__+_   zero waste in the kitchen
___   serve local water, not bottled water
___   cleaning products are biodegradable
__+_   compost organic matter
Other methods to recycle waste? Please list.

 

Level 1 = four or fewer recycling activities

Level 2 = five recycling activities

Level 3 = six recycling activities

Level 4 = seven recycling activities

Level 5 = eight or more recycling activities.  In addition, there are written sustainability policies or environmental management systems to: (1) monitor and record recycling and waste; (2) test and apply additional recycling and waste conservation methods; and (3) work towards specific recycling and waste targets.

Attach a copy of your policies if you achieve Recycling and Waste Level 5 (required).

 

Your Recycling and Waste Level (select 1 – 5): 2  

Eco Rating Estado Natural Land and nature conservation

Check all that apply:

_+__   minimize tree removal when building
___   use only botanical (plant-based) herbicides & pesticides in garden & grounds
___   maintain organic gardens as food source for resort
__+_   use biodegradable cleaning products
__+_   minimize external illumination
__+_   take additional specific actions to preserve the local habitat.  Please list actions and projects: we created and sponsored environmental programs with local kids.
Level 1: one or two land and nature conservation activities

Level 2: three land and nature conservation activities

Level 3: four land and nature conservation activities

Level 4: five land and nature conservation activities

Level 5: six or more land and nature conservation activities.  In addition, there are written sustainability policies or environmental management systems to: (1) monitor and record land and nature conservation activities; (2) test and apply additional land and nature conservation methods; and (3) work towards specific land and nature conservation targets.

Attach a copy of your policies if you achieve Land and Nature Conservation Level 5 (required).

Your Land and Nature Conservation Level (select 1 – 5): 4

Eco Rating Estado Natural Community

This category addresses policies and activities regarding staff, guests, suppliers and other members of the community.

Check all activities that apply:

__+_  hire staff residing near the resort          ___% local nationals
__+_  use local suppliers                                ___% purchased goods produced locally
__+_  re-invest resort income locally            ___% income re-invested locally
__+_  pay above local prevailing wage
___  pay into local social security
___  provide health insurance or coverage
__+_  use regular staff meetings to educate staff about sustainable processes throughout the resort, in the garden, with waste disposal, etc
__+_  provide educational awareness programs for staff, guests, suppliers and other members of the local community
___  provide sustainable transport to work for staff
__+_  take additional specific actions to support the local community. Please list actions and projects.

Level 1: one or two community activities

Level 2: three to five community activities

Level 3: six to seven community activities

Level 4: eight to nine community activities

Level 5: ten or more community activities.  In addition, there are written sustainability policies or environmental management systems to: (1) monitor and record community activities; (2) test and apply additional methods to support the community; and (3) work towards specific community targets.

Attach a copy of your policies if you achieve Community Level 5 (required).

Your Community Level (select 1 – 5): 3

YOUR OVERALL ECO SCORE (add your level for each category and divide by 5and enter the result with the decimal point, e.g. 3.6): 3.2

We have three final questions which are not part of the eco rating: 

  • Please describe your single most important eco achievement: Been able to teach our guests and local children about the environment, local species, and sustainable living.
  • Indicate additional sustainable practices that you plan to institute within the next 6 months.  We are planning to be 100% energy self sufficient by acquiring a solar energy system.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add to this eco rating?