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Published on : Thursday, November 14, 2013
Los Angeles- One of Green Globe’s Elite Members, the Chepu Adventures Eco Lodge, situated at Chepu, Chiloe Island, Insular Patagonia, in the south of Chile, won the ‘Best for Water Conservation’ category award at this year’s Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM in London.
The awards recognize the shining stars of responsible tourism – those ventures around the world that make positive contributions to nature and heritage conservation as well as the economies of local communities.
Water conservation is a ‘hot topic’ in tourism, and this category was especially created to
support the United Nations’ International Year for Water Conservation. The panel of judges for the World Responsible Tourism Awards was very impressed with Chepu Adventures’ water conservation project. The Eco Lodge uses only rainwater in the bathrooms and kitchen, harvested from the roofs of the lodge and stored in a well and large water tanks. Solar water heaters provide hot water for showers and the kitchen, electricity is provided by wind and solar energy. Visitors can monitor their own water consumption via a computer-aided feedback on the amount of water they are using. If customers keep “within their eco limit” they get a choice of either planting a tree in Patagonia, or receive a discount on their hotel bill.
“All monitored information is kept as part of our statistics, and available to each customer
with their individual information at the end of their stay,” said Amory Uslar, Owner of Chepu Adventures Eco Lodge. “This information allows guests to learn how to keep their savings at home and continue with the environmentally friendly practices, discuss and compare with friends and family, and spread awareness. Implementing this innovative solution at our Eco Lodge has resulted in dramatic savings of water and energy, allowing us to stay within sustainability limits.
The current ratio of water usage per guest is 95 liters per day, compared to 300 – 500 liters per day, per guest prior to utilizing our system.”
Chepu Adventures Eco Lodge has promoted low-impact tourism as a profitable and auto-sustainable economic alternative for years. An outstanding commitment to environmental practices on all levels, combined with the drive to continuously improve and align with sustainability, make this lodge a showcase for a true eco-experience.