Wyndham Tree Tops Resort has at Coffs Harbour has received the RCI Go Green Resort Award first prize for implementation of their environmental objectives.
Wyndham Tree Tops Resort was the only Australian competitor to reach the finals of the competition.
Tree Tops Resort has initiated a number of sustainable practices within the property, including the installation of a 10Kw solar system, an 85 per cent reduction in electricity costs resulting from the refurbishment of the pools pumps to low-energy speed-controlled pumps, and an ongoing implementation of lighting upgrades, which will eventually take the resort’s total of LED lighting to 50 per cent upon completion.
In the resort gardens, sustainable implementations including a worm farm, to turn waste from the resort into fertiliser, and an intention to invite guests to also contribute to the process in the future, together with the employment of a number of machines to recycle garden waste into mulch are helping the resort to lower its carbon footprint in a location which is characterised with steep slopes and a wet maritime climate.
Within the resort’s accommodations, recycling bins, water saving taps and showerheads, and low water-usage washing machines and dishwashers have been installed. Rainwater tanks have also been installed allowing irrigation of the grounds.
This year’s awards were judged by Dr David Weaver, Professor of Tourism Research at Griffith University. An onsite inspection was carried out by the Dr Weaver, in follow up to a self-assessment entry from the resort.
RCI Global Vacation Network is a subsidiary of the Wyndham Hotel Group. Wyndham is composed of almost 7,400 hotels operating under 15 brands located in 66 countries worldwide.