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.
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. (Click here to visit our Ecological Management page to learn more).
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 with indigenous varieties. And it continues with the three daily meals prepared by the kitchen that include vegetables, fruits and herbs grown 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:
- Compost vegetable scraps and paper to grow soil for our garden
- Recycle plastic, aluminum, glass
- Provide guests with reusable water bottles
- Reuse paper for notepads
- Recycle batteries, tires, oil
- Repurpose wood and building materials
- Living shoreline- upcycled materials from old bulkhead, recycled oyster shells
- Recycle old linens and towels to use as rags.
- Participate in "Clean the Earth" a program that recycles unused bath soap and distributes it in third world countries
- Switched to long-lasting compact fluorescent light bulbs in most light fixtures.
- Many buildings have had icynene spray insulation added
- Installed geothermal climate control in several of the buildings
- Use an electric lawnmower
- Maintenance and Housekeeping adjust heat/ac and turn off lights in vacant guest rooms
- Boardwalk lights on timers.
- Turn off pool filters from 6 pm to 6 am
- Have added skylights in many buildings.
- Installed on-demand tankless water heaters in many of our buildings.
- Use a solar powered 12V electric fence in garden.
- Replace appliances with Energy Star-rated machines when they reach the end of their lifespan.
- Rain barrels are used at the beach gazebo and in front of the Lodge to collect water.
- Educate staff on importance of water conservation and to report leaks immediately.
- Adjust toilets to reduce amount of water per flush (replace toilets with ones that feature a dual flush or reduced gpf).
- Water plants and gardens only when necessary, use rainwater captured by our rain barrels.
- Landscape with native plants which require less watering.
- Keep roads and walkways un-paved to decrease the amount of runoff flowing into creeks and rivers.
- Water-saving front loading washers in the laundry
- Low-flow shower heads in all showers
- Serve fresh vegetables and fruit from our organic garden.
- Tupelo honey directly from apiary
- Bird-friendly coffee distributed from Americus, GA
- Oysters and clams from McIntosh County (same watershed)
- Sweetwater (local Georgia beer) kegerator reduces waste in terms of bottles
- Buying natural bath soaps in bulk.
- Purchase paper products that have a high percentage of recycled matter.
- Decorate with flowers from our garden
- Clean with microfiber towels; reducing the need for chemicals. (They work especially well on windows using only water on one; then drying with another dry/clean microfiber.)
- Use mostly biodegradable, earth-friendly cleaning products.
- Purchase low VOC or no VOC paints
- Support local suppliers
- Replace walkways and decks with recycled plastic boards ("Trex"), which lasts longer than wood.
- Use e-mail instead of paper mail for guest correspondences
- Converted the swimming pool cleaning system from chlorine to saline.