A pioneer in eco-friendly and sustainable initiatives, PGA National Resort & Spa, a world-class golf, vacation and meeting destination located in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., announced the successful completion of its first event using APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Meetings and Events performance goals on Nov. 7.
In partnership with its client, Loggerhead Marinelife Center and their Go Blue Awards luncheon, the legendary South Florida destination was the first in the area to deliver 36 environmental objectives as outlined by the Convention Industry Council’s Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX), ASTM International, Green Meetings Industry Council and the U.S. EPA.
“We are proud to be the first in the area to conform to these rigorous guidelines as set forth by the world’s foremost authorities on sustainability,” said Joel Paige, Vice president and managing director, PGA National Resort & Spa. “As the world moves toward more green and environmentally driven practices, we feel strongly about taking responsibility for our community and maintaining a leadership position in this area.”
On the menu was Humane Certified, antibiotic and added hormone-free Murray’s chicken and Rainforest Alliance certified coffee. Waste minimization goals included near zero non-food waste and no pre-poured water. Additionally, all liquor and wine bottles, including corks, were recycled for pre-event reception. Straws and stir sticks were available by request only.
Further requirements of the standard for a venue are energy, water and waste reduction plans; annual tracking of utility consumption; staff training; stakeholder communication; policies outlining sustainable operations; no smoking within 20 feet of doors and air intakes; and a vehicle no-idling policy.
PGA National continually invests in sustainable practices with newly updated energy efficient HVAC, guest room energy management system, water efficiency measures and waste minimization and recycling. Additionally, it is in the process of obtaining golf course certification from the international GEO OnCourse program.
Acknowledging the resort’s effective and sustainable practices, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection designated PGA National Resort & Spa a Florida Green Lodge since 2007. One of only six designated properties in the state, this accolade recognizes lodging facilities that make a commitment to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources.
Planning to become third-party certified by iCompli, a global assurance provider, the resort aims to reach the standard in January 2015. Requirements for the standard are in the following categories: Staff Management, Water Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Waste & Pollution Prevention, Air Quality and Community Partnerships.
For more information, visit pgaresort.com.