Eco Rating Sarinbuana
|Name of property||Sarinbuana eco lodge|
|Person completing this form||Linda vant Hoff|
|Address of property||Desa Sarinbuana|
|Phone number including country code and area code||(+62) 82 897 006 079|
|Web site||Sarinbuana Ecolodge|
|Type of property||Eco Lodge|
|Number of rooms or cottages||4|
|Maximum number of guests||15|
|Eco memberships||It’s a Green Green world, Friends of the National Parks, Begawan Foundation, Green travelers Guide|
|Eco ratings, certifications, awards||2007 & 2010 Wild Asia award; Wild Forests award for 2013;|
Eco Rating at Eco Tropical Resorts 4.6 out of 5.
- Do you have a written environmental or social sustainability policy? YES/
If yes, please attach.
- Do you have a written environmental management system? YES/
If yes, please attach.
- Describe the property – aim, size, facilities, amount of land owned and leased (150 words max)
- Describe the location, including distance to nearest town and size of town (100 words max)
Sarinbuana Eco lodge is located at 700m on the extinct volcano of Batukaru in central Bali, We are 15 minutes away from the Batukaru rainforest and 50 minutes from the nearest provincial town of Tabanan.
- Describe WHY you made the decision to develop an eco resort (100 word max)
20 years ago Norm built a simple house in remote Bali, there was no electricity and you could only get here with 4WD, He married Linda 18 years ago, over the years people wanted to come and share our lives with the Balinese people, so we built a few bungalows and people started to come. The “ eco” part of the journey was a reflection on our beliefs.
Introduction to the Butterfly Club’s Eco Rating
The Butterfly Club Eco Rating has five equally-weighted categories:
- Recycling and waste;
- Land and nature conservation; and
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 Sarinbuana Energy
Levels 1 and 2 – conservation: Check all that apply:
yes use natural air circulation and fans, not air conditioners
yes use natural light during the day
yes minimize use of fossil-fuel powered vehicles, machines and equipment
yes use “on demand” or solar heating for hot water
yes air dry clothes/linens
yes wash dishes by hand
yes use energy efficient appliances and electronics
yes use low wattage fluorescent or LED light bulbs
yes change linens, tablecloths, napkins upon request
yes switch off lights when not used
Other energy conservation activities? Please list:
We are a very small business, but we are still very careful with our consumption of electricity. Everything is installed and managed with a close eye on power consumption. We run the whole property & our house on a small (4500watts, peak operating load)
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:
100% public utility
Other energy sources? Please list:
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 – they received an extra point because their consumption of public utilities has been minimized to such an extent…which helps the environment.
Eco Rating Sarinbuana Water
Levels 1 and 2 – conservation: Check all that apply:
yes low flow faucets and showerheads
yes low water use toilets
yes change linens, towels, tablecloths, and napkins upon request
yes use table mats that can be wiped and not laundered
yes use biodegradable laundry detergent, dish soap and hand soap
NA treat swimming pool with chlorine-free processes
Other water conservation activities? Please list.
We have developed land management strategies to allow rain water to seep into the water table and not run off the land, we collect rain water from some roofs.
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:
100% reuse gray in the gardens
___ public utility
Other water sources? Please list.
Fresh water treatment: how is captured fresh water treated?
Yes naturally. Indicate method: charcoal, ultraviolet light, other? List:
___ chemically. List chemicals used:
Waste water management:
___ septic tanks
Yes other? List methods: Waster water treatment gardens
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): Level 5
Eco Rating Sarinbuana Recycling and waste
Check all that apply:
Yes use durable service items, e.g. cups, glasses, dishes, tableware, storage items
Yes buy fresh and local to reduce packaging and emissions from transportation
Yes purchase in bulk to reduce packaging
Yes recycle paper, glass, plastic, aluminum
Yes minimize emissions from fossil-fuel powered vehicles, machines & equipment
Yes zero waste in the kitchen – all organic waste is composted or feed to animals
Yes serve local water, not bottled water
Yes cleaning products are biodegradable
Yes 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): 5
Eco Rating Sarinbuana Land and nature conservation
Check all that apply:
Yes minimize tree removal when building
Yes use only botanical (plant-based) herbicides & pesticides in garden & grounds
Yes maintain organic gardens as food source for resort
Yes use biodegradable cleaning products
Yes minimize external illumination
Yes take additional specific actions to preserve the local habitat.
Yes Landscaping with native plants
Please list actions
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).
We’ve had major impacts, although much remains to be done. In our immediate environment, there is a far greater diversity of plants, resulting in a far greater diversity of animals and birds. Our long-term prohibition on hunting or capturing wild birds or animals has had an impact, but by far the greatest impact has been through the adding financial value to the rainforest and it’s inhabitants. As more local people, by acting responsibly, start making money from an intact rainforest, the greater its chances of effective protection.
Environmental Projects and Programs:
- We’ve sponsored, or facilitated, the planting of thousands of native trees. We continue to plant, and maintain, native trees as an ongoing part of our routine operations (recently our plantings have focused on bird & animal food trees only ie; not timber trees).
- We proposed, and then facilitated, a Nature for Projects swap between our local community, and the Seacology foundation, resulting in an agreement to protect the rainforest in return for funds which we have used to build: a 15 x 10m community hall, a temple for the school, 3 computers for the school, rainforest pathways and Balinese orchestra instruments for the village children.
- Currently, with the ‘Friends of Bali’s National Parks Foundation’, we’ve applied for permission to start breeding rare hornbills, which have disappeared from our local forest.
- With a donation from a guest, we recently installed a large and detailed, environmental information sign near the entrance to the rainforest.
- We provided environmental books, and other materials, to the local school, and we brought an expert to the village to teach farmers about organic rice production.
- We have a Breeding program for the Bali Starling at the lodge (the only endemic bird of Bali now considered extinct in the wild)
Our staff learns about non-toxic pest control, organic farming, healthy cooking, responsible waste management, energy conservation, non-toxic cleaning products, responsible land management and the issues of social sustainability. Over time, this information disseminates slowly, by osmosis, into the wider community.
Your Land and Nature Conservation Level (select 1 – 5): 5
Eco Rating Sarinbuana Community
This category addresses policies and activities regarding staff, guests, suppliers and other members of the community.
Check all activities that apply:
Yes hire staff residing near the resort 100% local nationals
Yes use local suppliers 75% purchased goods produced locally
Yes re-invest resort income locally 50% income re-invested locally
Yes pay above local prevailing wage
NA pay into local social security
Yes provide health insurance or coverage
Yes use regular staff meetings to educate staff about sustainable processes throughout the resort, in the garden, with waste disposal, etc
Yes provide educational awareness programs for staff, guests, suppliers and other members of the local community
N/A provide sustainable transport to work for staff
Yes take additional specific actions to support the local community. Please list actions and projects.
Socially, we’re really proud of the children’s: Silat group, the football team, English class and the gamelan group. Our village is quite remote with few facilities, and very little Government support. The community was perceived as strong, but rather ‘primitive’. Few opportunities, of any kind, were available to children in the village.
- Silat is the Indonesian martial art. We have around 25 children in the group, mainly girls, training twice a week. Our village hasn’t had a Silat teacher for 20 years, but when our kids compete in the provincial center, they win most of their matches. The Eco Lodge is the sole sponsor.
- The football team has brought together the young boys of the village, and taught them about teamwork, physical fitness, fair play and joy in competition. When we take our boys to compete against wealthy, city-based teams, they win most of their games. The Eco Lodge is the sole sponsor.
- Gamelan instruments are very expensive, a complete set costs around $5,000. So they were unable to learn before our funding from Seacology. The kid’s gamelan group practices regularly, and now performs in public. The Eco Lodge is currently providing traditional costumes for the group.
Village kids, like farmers, have low status in the wider community. In our village, we’ve seen the ability of Silat, Football, English classes and the Gamelan orchestra, to develop their skills, and raise their self-esteem.
When they leave the village to compete in the wider world for them, it’s a big deal. We do not put too much emphasis on winning however, the kids themselves are competitive. Losing for them reinforces their low social status.
Winning, proves they can compete, and possibly win/ succeed in what ever they choose to do.
__*_ Have enrolled your staff in any personal green training/certification schemes such as ecohelpline.com green leaf certification.
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): Level 5
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): 4.6
We have three final questions which are not part of the eco rating:
Sarinbuana Eco Lodge has become the major local employer in our rural area, and it is the main force behind nature conservation in our area. Consolidating the Eco Lodge business, for our employees, our local suppliers, and the local community, is our major, overarching achievement of the last couple of years.
The key to the effective protection of natural areas is… The co-operation of the people living around the protected area. We now have a significant new sector in the local economy, based on *ecotourism, and there is an increasing desire to preserve nature for economic reasons, working more powerfully for conservation, as economic impacts increase.
We have shown that being truly green can also be profitable. Our productivity, on .75hectare, with only 4 bungalows, is, by any measure, very high. Simplifying a bit, we can say that the Eco Lodge generates 20-25% of the total, local economy**, in a remote, rural population of around 1,000 people, living alongside a protected forest.
*We use ‘Ecotourism’ here in the real sense, where the principles of social, economic, and environmental sustainability, are all satisfied. There is a broad and discerning market for genuine ecotourism, we don’t have to cheat to win. It’s noteworthy that our guest feedback makes it very clear that they do not want ‘green-washing’.
your single most important eco achievement:
- The Eco Lodge provides a (Western standard) of living for our family of 4, it also provides;
- Above average, monthly wages for 12, permanent staff (7 married women, 1 married man, 3 young unmarried men and 1 unmarried woman).
- The Eco Lodge also generates a living income for;
- 4 massage ladies (all married),
- 4 married women who teach our workshops to guests
- 1 handicapped carver/calligrapher (may soon marry, because he has an income),
- 3 drivers (all married men)
- 5 trekking guides (2 married women, 3 married men)
- 3 Local married musicians who play for our guests and teach guests how to play
- On average, around 10 casual, construction workers (mostly, married men)
- In all, the Eco Lodge’s 4 bungalows provide 12 permanent, 16 regular and around 14 casual positions.
Indicate additional sustainable practices that you plan to institute within the next 6 months.
Keep doing more of the same, and do it better. Be creative, but practical, with any new activities.
Employ more people, get better protection for the environment, and find ways to improve farm incomes.
Get more involved in local politics. Support progressive community groups. Expand our activities to nearby villages. Protect a larger area of the Batukaru rainforest. Try to get motivated people, from different villages, to start working together to protect, and develop, the local area. More educational signage in the rainforest.