Last month Hotel Sugar Beach received our fourth Blue Flag award in the beach category, an honor that also serves as a certificate of good health. On May 13 we received a second Blue Flag, this time in the category of climate change mitigation.
The Blue Flag program recognizes beaches, communities, and schools that uphold certain environmental standards. To receive the award in the climate change category, an organization must display a culture of sustainability. This means a commitment to measure, reduce, and compensate for any environmental impact.
Created in 1995, The Blue Flag program was designed to combat the environmental stress and degradation caused by the tourism boom. A national commission administers the awards and is composed of various government agencies, including the Costa Rican Tourism Board, the Environment Ministry, the Health Ministry, and several others.
At Hotel Sugar beach we practice sustainability with our recycling, composting, and trash collection, and we diligently protect our beach and sea water from any potential contamination. We also provide environmental education programs to the community of Potrero, with guest lectures, hands on activities, and other group support.
On Monday, a special ceremony was held at the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE) in San José. A total of 282 organizations and 34 communities around the country were honored for their efforts to mitigate climate change and maintain environmental equilibrium.
Pablo Herrera and Yeimy Salazar accepted the award on behalf of the Sugar Beach team. Playa Pan de Azúcar will proudly display its twin Blue Flags, emblems of our respect for nature and her life-affirming beauty.