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Sustainable Practices of Totoco Ecolodge, Nicaragua

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Discover on this presentation a listing of the different sustainable practices of Totoco Ecolodge on Ometepe Island in Nicaragua. I visited Totoco during my Hospitality Tour through Central America and wrote articles on Hopineo.org.

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Sustainable Practices of Totoco Ecolodge, Nicaragua

  1. 1. ECO-LODGE OMETE ISLAND, NICARAGUA www.totoco.com.ni - ecolodge@totoco.com.ni - (+505) 83587718
  2. 2. SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES Social Responsibility Local Development Travelers’ awareness Local Heritage & Biodiversity Transport & Green Mobility Energy Waste Water Agriculture and Catering Construction
  3. 3. ENERGY MANAGEMENT • 100% renewable energy, Totoco Ecolodge is of f -gr id: energy product ion through solar panels (ver y occasional use of the generator ) , energy savings (hal f LED and hal f halogene bulbs, no ai r condi t ioning, no T V, heat water using gas and compost system) . • Cur rent Project : produce clean cooking gas using a biodigestor .
  4. 4. WASTE MANAGEMENT Separat ion and responsible disposal of 100% of al l waste: • Organic : 80% goes to the pigs (and compost is done f rom pigs manure) , qual i ty c o mp o s t ( f r o m c o f f e e , e g g s s h e l l s … ) , l o w q u a l i t y c o mp o s t ( u s e d f o r m u l c h i n g ) ; • Metal : a resource which is sold; • Glass : the main par t is on deposi t and goes then back to the company, or donat ions are done to reused them. Broken glasses can be mixed wi th cement for example. • Plast ic: high qual i ty one is recycled in Managua, a plast ic shredder col lects i t on the island, bad qual i ty one is col lected and stored caut iously wai t ing for future solut ions. Cur rent Project : develop homemade natural cleaning products.
  5. 5. WATER MANAGEMENT • Cleaning and reusing 100% of grey water through biof i l ters . • Exclusive use of dr y (water - f ree) compost ing toi lets. • Draught tolerant t ree species, dr ip i r r igat ion and aquaponics .
  6. 6. AGRICULTURE & CATERING • The restaurant produce come f rom local and organic sur rounding farms (a par t f rom the Totoco Ecofarm i tsel f ) • Totoco Ecofarm includes 2ha wi th 500 f rui t t rees & 500m² di versi f ied smal l - holding using draught tolerant t ree species, plant ing ni t rogen - f ixing cover -crops, dr iping i r r igat ion in the herb & vegetable garden, animal husbandr y, processing crops to add value, applying natural pest icides, volunteer program. • Cur rent Projects : organic honey, aquaponics , processing faci l i ty, learning center.
  7. 7. CONSTRUCTION • Designed the di f ferent st ructures wi th passi ve cool ing in mind. • Worked exclusively wi th ver y local labor f rom Balgüe and Madronal . • Used local and renewable mater ial when possible. • Act ively planted future const ruct ion mater ial ( for example palm t rees for natural thatch roofs, cedar s t rees for wood, special ly impor ted const ruct ion grade bamboo species) .
  8. 8. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY • Totoco Foundat ion suppor ts di f ferent local development programs as: micro- loans (colateral - f ree and low- interest ) for 26 smal l star t -up businesses, express t ranspor ts for students, ful ly equipped and staf fed cl inical laborator y for a local publ ic heal th center, 2 communi ty l ibrar ies wi th over 2000 books, remedial classes programs using l icensed nicaraguan teacher s, promotes and sel ls handcraf ts f rom Ometepe Island fami l ies establ ishing relat ionships di rect ly wi th the ar t isans . • 100% local labor laws are proact ively enforced (social secur i ty, pay ing vacat ions t i me , r e s p e c t i n g w o r k i n g h o u r s … ) .
  9. 9. LOCAL DEVELOPMENT • Employ 19 ful l - t ime staf f and are t raining some of them to get manager ial posi t ions in the future. • Focus on the 3 main-core act ivi t ies of the hotel (accommodat ion, restaurant and bar ser v ices) and empower independent ent repreneur s to provide al l other p e r i p h e r a l s e r v i c e s ( a c t i v i t i e s , t r a n s p o r t , e t c … ) . • Cur rent Project : Aim to slowly int roduce an employee -share-scheme.
  10. 10. TRAVELERS’ AWARENESS • General informat ion in the hotel leaf let , on the websi te, dur ing the Totoco Tour. • The General Manager makes a lot of ef for t to engage the guests and shares i ts exper ience.
  11. 11. LOCAL HERITAGE & BIODIVERSITY • Present the guests wi th a wide range of act iv i t ies and tour s, such as a cul tural tour where people go wi th Pat r icia (Foundat ion Di rector ) v isi t ing the communi ty, p e t r o g l y p h s t o u r, l o c a l w i l d l i f e a n d b i o d i v e r s i t y t o u r s , e t c …
  12. 12. TRANSPORT & GREEN MOBILITY • Of fer hiking t racks, hor se back r iding tour s, bike rental . • Cur rent project : int roducing a carbon of f set program for our hotel operat ions ( including guests f l ights) .
  13. 13. ECO-LODGE OMETE ISLAND, NICARAGUA www.totoco.com.ni - ecolodge@totoco.com.ni - (+505) 83587718

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