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 La Cabana All Suite Beach Resort & Casino in Aruba Remains on the Cutting-edge of Sustainable Technologies
to Minimize Impact on the Environment

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ORANJESTAD, Aruba (Sept. 28, 2004) – Remaining on its “green” path, La Cabana All Suite Beach Resort & Casino in Aruba has instituted a variety of sustainable practices in the past year to further reduce its impact on the environment.

“We recognize the necessity of implementing environmentally-sound practices in order to protect the precious resource of our island,” said Lou Roelofsen, La Cabana’s general manager.  “Our extremely active and enthusiastic on-property ‘Green Team’ constantly researches methods so La Cabana can remain on the cutting-edge of sustainable technologies and minimize its impact on the environment – as well as save money in the process,” he added.

Recent La Cabana environmental projects include the following:

  • Replacement of the 2.2 gallon per minute water-saver aerators with new 1.2 gallon per minute water- saver aerators (75 percent of the hotel rooms are complete; process on-going)
  • Installation of a capacitor bank for each air-conditioner at the Villas to reduce the electricity consumption by 10 percent on the cooling plant side
  • Use of shower heads with water-saving devices that reduces water flow from 4 gallons per minute to 2.2 gallons per minute without affecting the water pressure (in all rooms)
  • Installation of electrical photocells to replace the old timer system for the outside illumination circuit (this eliminates the time-consuming reprogramming of the controls every time the seasons change; now the system works automatically with the variations of outside natural light)
  • Increased collection of solid waste recycling from 2,800 kg per month to 7,365 kg per month
  • Adoption of a primary school (Pastoor Kraanwinkel) to upgrade facilities inside and out as well as educate children on the importance of preserving the environment and general safety principles
  • Continued support of local environmental organizations, participation in monthly island clean-ups, and the education of La Cabana employees and community members on recycling principles and ways to save water and energy
La Cabana continues to serve as an excellent example of a hotel maximizing the opportunity to save operational costs in the areas of solid waste management, water reuse and conservation, energy conservation, environmental awareness, community involvement, and use of sustainable technologies. 

Future projects on the agenda include the implementation of a new energy audit for the entire property in order to develop new strategies; replacement of reciprocating chillers with a more efficient model; new temperatures controls in all guest rooms; and implementation of a building automation system for better management of actual resources (energy, fire alarm, power monitoring, illumination, etc.).

This past spring, La Cabana achieved the impressive Green Globe 21 Certification, for the second consecutive year, in recognition of its efforts towards becoming environmentally friendly.  La Cabana is the largest resort in the Caribbean to be Green Globe certified.
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Situated along Eagle Beach, La Cabana is a complete vacation, recreation and entertainment complex in a relaxed atmosphere reflecting the ease and spirit of the Caribbean.  The resort encompasses studio, one-bedroom and Grand suites; a deluxe Health & Fitness Center; three swimming pools; five tennis courts; the “Club Cabana Nana” children’s program; diverse dining offering a “culinary trip around the world;” wireless Internet access; and thrilling action in the Royal Cabana Casino.

 
Contact:
La Cabana All Suite Beach Resort
J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 250
Oranjestad, Aruba, Dutch Caribbean
telephone (011) 297-5879000
www.lacabana.com/resort
Also See: Lou Roelofsen Appointed General Manager at La Cabana All Suite Beach Resort in Aruba / July 2001
With 811 Suites, La Cabana the Largest Resort in the Caribbean to be Green Globe Certified / April 2004


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