Eco Rating El Jardin
|Name of property||El Jardin|
|Person completing this form||Ann Contos|
|Address of property||Yelapa|
|Phone number including country code and area code||011 52 322 209 5247|
|Web site||El Jardin|
|Type of property||Resort|
|Number of rooms or cottages||4|
|Maximum number of guests||14|
|Eco ratings, certifications, awards||Eco Rating at Eco Tropical Resorts: 3.6 out of 5.|
- Do you have a written environmental or social sustainability policy? YES
Our goal for El Jardin is to revitalize this marvelous piece of property into an eco-friendly, sustainable haven for folks to escape to in these very busy and stressful times. We are committed to working with the Yelapan pueblo so that together we can work toward an integrated and resourceful community.
- Do you have a written environmental management system? NO
If yes, please attach.
Currently working on
- Describe the property – aim, size, facilities, amount of land owned and leased (150 words max)
It is 2 acre property that is leased from a local yelapa land owner. The center consists of a large kitchen
and living area, four open-air palapas for sleeping with private bathrooms. The property has ocean on the front side and jungle on the back. There is a bamboo stand behind the casas that we are working at preserving and improving.
- Describe the location, including distance to nearest town and size of town (100 words max)El Jardin is in Yelapa, Mexico, 45 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta on the Banderas Bay on the Pacific ocean. It is a short 10 minute walk to the pueblo. Yelapa is a small fishing village with a population of approx 1500. There are no cars or roads, it is only accessible by water taxi or boat.
Describe WHY you made the decision to develop an eco resort (100 word max)We fell in love with this beautiful community and have a great respect for the local Yelapan people, also, a great appreciation of the natural beauty of this area. Our goal and dream is to make a difference in this community by helping preserve the way of life for the local indigenous people, the local plant, animal and sea life. This we plan to do by having a commitment to sustainable living and being eco minded so as to help protect this unique and environmentally sensitive habitat. We want to work with the community toward these goals and be an example to those who visit.
Introduction to the Butterfly Club’s Eco Rating
The Butterfly Club Eco Rating has five equally-weighted categories:
(3) Recycling and waste;
(4) 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 El Jardin Energy
Levels 1 and 2 – conservation: Check all that apply:
__x_ use natural air circulation and fans, not air conditioners
__x_ use natural light during the day
__x_ minimize use of fossil-fuel powered vehicles, machines and equipment
__x_ use “on demand” or solar heating for hot water
__x_ air dry clothes/linens
__x_ wash dishes by hand
__x_ use energy efficient appliances and electronics
__x_ use low wattage fluorescent or LED light bulbs
__x_ change linens, tablecloths, napkins upon request
__x_ switch off lights when not used
Other energy conservation activities? Please list:
Two Envirolet Composting toilets active on site
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?
We are in the process of developing the solar plan
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) = 2
Eco Rating El Jardin Water
Levels 1 and 2 – conservation: Check all that apply:
_x_ low flow faucets and showerheads
_x_ low water use toilets
_x_ change linens, towels, tablecloths, and napkins upon request
_x__use table mats that can be wiped and not laundered
_x_ use biodegradable laundry detergent, dish soap and hand soap
_N/A_ treat swimming pool with chlorine-free processes
Other water conservation activities? Please list.
We currently have two composting toilets. We are setting up grey water filtering systems off of the washing machine and all sinks and showers. Rain water retainers are also in the works for being installed this summer.
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:
__10%_ reuse gray
___ public utility
Other water sources? Please list.
Fresh water treatment: how is captured fresh water treated?
___ naturally. Indicate method: charcoal, ultraviolet light, other? List:
filtered and ultraviolet
___ chemically. List chemicals used:
Waste water management:
_x__ septic tanks
___ 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 El Jardin Recycling and waste
Check all that apply:
_x__ use durable service items, e.g. cups, glasses, dishes, tableware, storage items
_x__ buy fresh and local to reduce packaging and emissions from transportation
_x__ purchase in bulk to reduce packaging
_x__ recycle paper, glass, plastic, aluminum
___ minimize emissions from fossil-fuel powered vehicles, machines & equipment
_x__ zero waste in the kitchen
_x__ serve local water, not bottled water
_x__ cleaning products are biodegradable
_x__ 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):=4
Eco Rating El Jardin Land and nature conservation
Check all that apply:
__x_ minimize tree removal when building
___ use only botanical (plant-based) herbicides & pesticides in garden & grounds
__x_ maintain organic gardens as food source for resort
__x_ use biodegradable cleaning products
__x_ minimize external illumination
__x_ take additional specific actions to preserve the local habitat.
__x_ Landscaping with native plants
Please list actions
Restoring native bamboo stands, developed a plant nursery of local native plants.
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 El Jardin Community
This category addresses policies and activities regarding staff, guests, suppliers and other members of the community.
Check all activities that apply:
__x_ hire staff residing near the resort _99__% local nationals
__x_ use local suppliers _80__% purchased goods produced locally
__x_ re-invest resort income locally _100__% income re-invested locally
__x_ pay above local prevailing wage
__x_ pay into local social security
__x_ 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
__x_ provide educational awareness programs for staff, guests, suppliers and other members of the local community
__x_ provide sustainable transport to work for staff
__x_ take additional specific actions to support the local community. Please list actions and projects.
___ 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):=4
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): =3.6
We have three final questions which are not part of the eco rating:
1. Please describe your single most important eco achievement:
Installing two composting toilets.
2. Indicate additional sustainable practices that you plan to institute within the next 6 months.
Improve grey water system
3. Is there anything else you would like to add to this eco rating?
We have only had the property for two years and are committed to continuing our development of making this property sustainable.