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Green living and respect for our surroundings aren’t just buzzwords at Caneel Bay Resort, they’re a part of our heritage. Caneel Bay was discovered by environmentalist and preservationist Laurance Rockefeller during a family sailing cruise, and he immediately purchased the land to create a unique vacation destination that would preserve and protect its natural environment by developing very little and preserving a great deal.
Today, Caneel Bay is one of only a few marine environments within the U.S. National Park System and is home to abundant wildlife as well as colorful coral reefs that teem with underwater life. Here, turtles and dolphins freely roam their natural habitat while guests explore the pristine natural surroundings of this truly unique Caribbean resort.
Caneel Bay Resort maintains its commitment to the environment through a range of green-friendly programs and initiatives:
• Use local recycling opportunities
• Printed collateral uses 100% post consumer recycled paper manufactured with wind power and with soy dyes used for the ink.
• Water supply for irrigation comes from rainfall we collect, merged with “gray water”.
• Environmentally-friendly electric buses to transport guests around the property
• Energy efficient light bulbs in exterior lighting
• Locally produced honey
• Locally caught fish and lobster
• Organic greens grown on St. John
• Bottled water produced in Puerto Rico, utilizing a bottle design more environmentally friendly and the label on the bottled water offers environmental advice
• Use 100% bio-degradable beverage cups for all beach service.
• 100% bio-degradable plastic to-go bags, and compostable to-go containers for food and ramekins for sauces
• Glass crusher that grinds glass bottles down to a fine sand which is then disposed of more easily
• Maintaining the security of the flora and fauna at Caneel Bay
• Conduct a yearly massive clean-up of the sea bed around Caneel Bay and collect bottles, fishing line, plastic bags etc that find their way into our ocean
• Restrictions enforced by VI National Park as to boats anchoring, etc.
Additionally, Caneel Bay Resort supports the community through several charitable and outreach programs.
ANNUAL GALA FOR SPRAUVE SCHOOL
Located in nearby Cruz Bay, the Julius E. Sprauve School is a public institution for students in grades K-9. Each year, Caneel Bay Resort hosts the School’s annual gala. Originally organized to raise funds to repair damage wrought by Hurricane Marilyn in 1995, it has evolved into a fun social event that raises funds for computers, new cafeteria equipment, and classroom renovations.
We at Caneel Bay believe that a well-rounded education should be an integral part of every child’s life. For this reason, we grant scholarships to financially challenged local families.
Carnival is a month long celebration that starts in mid-to-late June and ends with a parade on July 4. Caneel Bay Resort is proud to take part in the island’s most exciting and well-attended cultural event, continually winning “Best Troupe” and “Best Floupe” (float and troupe combination) at the parade!
As St. John has very little naturally occurring fresh groundwater, providing adequate drinking water has always been an issue. Caneel Bay’s seawater desalination operations provide fresh water to the resort and the rest of island as well.
GIFFT HILL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Each year, students from the Gifft Hill school are invited to intern at Caneel Bay to learn about and participate in resort operations firsthand.
USVI TRAVEL AND TOURISM ASSOCIATION
Caneel Bay Resort’s Managing Director, Nikolay Hotze, is on the board – fostering healthy community relationships and promoting the resort as an environmentally friendly destination.
VIRGIN ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK
A Christian Ministry in the National Parks (ACMNP) is the largest and the oldest ecumenical Christian ministry serving the United States National Parks. The ministry places staff members, the majority of which are college and seminary students, in 20-25 national parks each summer, including the U.S. Virgin Islands National Park during the winter months. Each Sunday at 10:00am, Caneel Bay Resort hosts an Interdenominational Service led by ACMNP placement members.
GIFFT HILL GALA
Hosted at Caneel Bay this year, with continued support on a yearly basis.
Here are a few more non-profit organizations on St. John that Caneel Bay supports.
FRIENDS OF VIRGIN ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK
Friends of VI National Park is dedicated to raising funds to support projects of the Virgin Islands National Park. www.friendsvinp.org
ST. JOHN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
St. John School of the Arts is a community arts school, offering both children and adults the opportunity to receive instruction in arts education, including the areas of dance, music, theater and art. stjohnschoolofthearts.org
JOHN'S FOLLY LEARNING INSTITUTE
St. John Montessori School at John’s Folly www.johnsfolly.org
ACC OF ST. JOHN
The Animal Care Center of St. John, Inc. is dedicated to the well-being and care of homeless, abandoned and abused animals on the island of St. John. www.stjohnanimalcarecenter.com