Cinnamon Bay Unveils 10-Year Environmental Sustainability Plan
Cinnamon Bay, a campground and resort located on Cinnamon Bay Beach on the island of St. John, has unveiled a 10-year environmental plan setting challenging yet attainable goals for the property’s future. With a system of environmental initiatives newly in place, and with more to come in the coming years, Cinnamon Bay is committed to ensuring that future generations can enjoy the natural beauty of Cinnamon Bay and neighboring Trunk Bay. “We believe that operating with a light environmental footprint is essential to protecting Virgin Islands National Park,” said Cinnamon Bay General Manager Charles Willis. “Recognizing our company’s role as stewards in the Park, we are committed to continual environmental progress.”
Cinnamon Bay’s 10-year environmental goals revolve around three priorities: to protect the beach, water quality and local coral reefs; to reduce their carbon footprint; and to reduce solid waste. To achieve the first of these goals, initiatives have already begun, including a “Leave-No-Trace” campaign, which has been enacted on the island’s most popular beaches: Trunk Bay and Cinnamon Bay. The property also sells reef-healthy sunscreens that do not contain oxybenzone, a chemical which causes reef bleaching and damages ocean ecosystems. Furthermore, Cinnamon Bay participates in the Reef Responsible Initiative, and its restaurant is working to be a Reef Responsible Certified Restaurant.
To reduce the property’s carbon footprint, Cinnamon Bay has replaced all incandescent lights with LED light across the resort. In addition, the resort works with Gift Hill School, a local school in Cruz Bay, to produce compost for community gardens. Further, the resort buys EnergyStar® rated equipment, which are proven to use less energy than federal standards require. Education is also a key component of achieving environmental goals, and Cinnamon Bay hosts a weekly guest speaker series focused on coral reef protection, biodiversity, ecological preservation and island wildlife.
To reduce solid waste, the resort has enacted several initiatives including a ban of Styrofoam at Cinnamon Bay and Trunk Bay. The restaurants on property use biodegradable to-go containers and serve beer only on-tap which eliminates thousands of pounds of glass which is not recyclable on St. John. “Each year we will measure our environmental progress and compare it to our year one benchmark,” explained Willis. “In the coming years we have plans to implement new initiatives which will go even further to lessen our environmental footprint.”
Environmental plans for years to come include offering reduced rates and preferred booking to college groups hosting biology and environmental studies field trips at Cinnamon Bay. The resort also plans to Install hydration stations in public areas and encourage reusable water bottles and finally to generate more than 25% electricity from renewable energy such as solar photovoltaic panels
-About Cinnamon Bay-
Cinnamon Bay Resort & Campground is located in the U.S. Virgin Islands on the Caribbean island of St. John. Virgin Islands National Park occupies more than 60% of the island of St. John including Cinnamon Bay. Cinnamon Bay Beach is the longest beach in St. John at just under one mile in length. Cinnamon Bay and nearby Trunk Bay are commonly ranked as two of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Cinnamon Bay offers camping accommodations, the RainTree Café, a full bar, beach services and water sports equipment rentals just steps from the ocean. Visit www.cinnamonbayresort.com, and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter