SUSTAINABILITY IN ACTION

We believe sustainability is a call to action to foster awareness of the world that surrounds us, based on three pillars:

Environmental

We are guests on this earth, and we need to steward its resources wisely

Social

We support the communities that surround us and we are committed to their empowerment

Economic

We believe economic progress is something to be shared

ENVIRONMENTAL

We are guests on this earth, and we need to steward its resources wisely

ENERGY

Nearly 1,400 solar panels provide some 7% of our hotels’ electricity consumption with renewable energy provided by the sun. Even our streetlights are solar-powered. Reserva Conchal has the largest solar farm ever installed by its parent company FIFCO, contributing to the reduction of 40 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

WATER

BE H2OK

We launched an initiative in 2019 to promote the refilling of reusable water bottles, giving our community a way to reduce their plastic footprint. This effort seeks to stop the use of plastic for drinking water inside Reserva Conchal.

DESALINATION PLANT
We launched the country’s first desalination plant as part of our groundbreaking sustainable practices, employing a process that removes salt from seawater and then re-mineralizes it to provide fresh water for irrigation or human consumption.

WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANTS

Reserva Conchal has invested in state-of-the-art irrigation system with artificial intelligence data to prevent leaking and overwatering. This system is tied into the resort property’s on-site treatment plant, where wastewater from the two hotels is recycled for the golf course greens and garden areas.

EARTH

Seeking to empower local women in the community, we launched an organic farming initiative called “Hortalizas Najui.” (“Hortalizas” are vegetables, and “Najui” is a Chorotega word for women). The organic vegetables are sold to the restaurants at the Westin and W hotels, as well as to homeowners and visitors, and the remains are sold at the local farmer’s market.

This joint initiative from Reserva Conchal and the National Agricultural Technology Institute (INTA) is already showing impressive results, incorporating a hydroponic watering system that recycles the water daily. In addition, compost produced on-site from the resort’s hotel wastes provides fertile growing soil.

TREE NURSERY

Over the past 10 years, we have planted more than 15,000 trees in the Reserva Conchal nursery, which protects, preserves and enhances the natural development of endemic species in the area.

BOKASHI, THE INTELLIGENT USE OF ORGANIC WASTE
Reserva Conchal produces more than 45 monthly tons of its own organic fertilizer, known by the Japanese word “bokashi,” for maintenance of the nursery and green areas.

WILDLIFE RESERVE

The preservation of unspoiled natural space is central to our mission. Protected forests help prevent climate change by sequestering carbon, and the absence of human development attracts all kinds of wildlife. Wildlife reserves keep biological corridors open and protect vulnerable species of all kinds. Visit our 96-acre national wildlife reserve to experience nature at its most undisturbed.

WASTE MANAGEMENT

We contribute to sustainability by classifying, separating and managing all our waste products using the most environmentally, socially and economically prudent practices. Currently we reuse or recycle 85% of our total waste in order to minimize our environmental impact.

Staff teams work diligently to find the most appropriate vendors to dispose of or recycle waste. We also seek to inspire other organizations to understand the value of treating waste with respect and disposing of it in a responsible way.

BLUE FLAG ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM

The Blue Flag Environmental Program is an annual award that recognizes the pursuit of conservation and development consistent with the protection of natural resources, the implementation of actions to address climate change, efforts that lead to more sanitary conditions, and the improvement of the public health of the people of Costa Rica. The four categories in which Reserva Conchal has received recognition are:

  • Blue Environmental Flag
  • Sustainable Homes Blue Flag
  • Wildlife Refuge Blue Flag
  • Community Blue Flag

SOCIAL

We support the communities that surround us and we are committed to their empowerment

DUAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

In partnership with the National Learning Institute (INA) since 2014, our technical training program has resulted in more than 150 graduates.

Dual education is based on integral learning, in which through a combination of theory and practical application, students develop the skills needed to succeed in the workplace.

CURRENT COURSES:

  • HOTEL COOK
  • COOK C
  • PROFESSIONAL WAITER-BARTENDER

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
Our corporate volunteer program allows us to positively impact the environment in which our business operates, carrying out such activities as:

  • Reforestation activities
  • Food bank
  • Emergency attention
  • Support for indigenous communities
  • Cleaning of beaches
  • Maintenance of parks and community centers

DONATIONS FOR THE COMMUNITY

Since June 2017, Reserva Conchal has helped to fund a local medical clinic with donations of a property of 1,100 square meters, medical center infrastructure, and a significant amount of medical and office equipment.

 

POLICE STATION

A donation of a 940-square-meter lot and its infrastructure allows the operation of a police station in Brasilito.

This area will not only function as a police operation center, but will also allow permanent officers to be housed, guaranteeing continuous monitoring of surrounding communities and their visitors.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

We support fair wages, and we believe economic progress is something to be shared

FIFCO’S MISSION

Reserva Conchal has become a beacon of progress, in all of our endeavors seeking to fulfill our parent company’s motto, “To share with the world a better way of living.”

FIFCO is the largest publicly traded company in Costa Rica, and its support means security and stability for developers and homeowners looking to make long-term investments.

 

DIRECT AND INDIRECT JOB CREATION

Our organizational growth strategy is based in the acquisition of local talent from Guanacaste. To date, we are responsible for creating 936 direct jobs in this region, along with extensive indirect job creation through collaborations with local suppliers.

AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Certification in carbon neutrality in hotel operations and golf course, 2016.

Certification in sustainable tourism, maximum award, 2011.

Ecological Blue Flag Awards in protected natural spaces, 2011, community, 2008, and beach, 2004.

Healthcare Quality Seal, maximum score, since 2005.

First hotel to achieve this certification in Latin America, 2004.

First course in Central America to receive this golf environmental certification, 2002.

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by Juliana on SUSTAINABILITY IN ACTION

Great place