Green Practices. Nature First. Always
On Little St. Simons Island, a profound commitment to conservation and preservation is a way of life, touching every facet of the Island and guiding its daily operation.
Recently, these efforts were recognized when Green Globe 21, a global benchmarking, certification and improvement program for sustainable tourism and travel, awarded its Benchmarked Certificate to Little St. Simons Island. As one of only two organizations in the United States to have achieved this certification, the Island met or exceeded Green Globe’s Earthcheck™ Accommodation Performance Benchmarks that address nine critical environmental issues. This recognition reflects significant progress toward the goals and objectives that Little St. Simons Island has set for itself: To provide the highest level of guest enjoyment and appreciation for the environment while protecting and preserving its resources.
Vastly different from most other barrier islands along the Atlantic seaboard, Little St. Simons Island remains virtually undeveloped. While guests enjoy accommodations and services of the highest caliber, the devotion of the Island’s owners and staff to maintaining the natural ecological state of the Island remains foremost. Daily guest activities are led by naturalists and are designed to encourage an appreciation for and understanding of the island and its ecosystems.
Little St. Simons Island is now keenly focused on the years to come, aggressively engaging in a host of eco-sensitive initiatives aimed at preserving the Island’s primeval setting in perpetuity.
It begins the moment guests set foot on Little St. Simons Island where ornamental plants on the grounds of the Lodge compound have been removed and replaced by strictly indigenous varieties. And it continues with the three daily meals with some of the vegetables and herbs prepared by the kitchen grown and gathered in the Island’s organic garden.
Other examples of the Island’s commitment to sustainable-use ecotourism that limits impact on the Island’s environment include: comprehensive recycling, composting for garden uses, no use of plastic water bottles (guests are each given their own personal Camelbak® bottles), the recent removal of the Island’s riding horses and installation of geothermal HVAC systems in three of the Island’s guest houses.