At Table Rock Jungle Lodge, we are committed to the core values of sustainable tourism: helping the environment, aiding the local community, and educating travelers about both.
Table Rock Jungle Lodge is committed to providing guests and visitors with a sustainable quality product that protects the environment and conserves natural resources while promoting and protecting the local culture and economy. Specifically, Table Rock makes a concerted effort to do the following:
Maintain resource self-sufficiency by
• Generating our own electricity which uses a highly efficient battery/inverter system, with plans to supplement with renewable solar energy.
• Supplying the majority of our running water with rain water.
• Supplying the majority of our fruit from the farm.
• Supplying all eggs from the free-range chickens on the farm.
• Supplying fresh herbs and select vegetables from the farm.
Conserve the environment & natural resources by
• Utilizing compact fluorescent light bulbs.
• Minimizing the use of electrical lighting.
• Reducing the effect of light pollution, which affects bird migration and the normal patterns of nocturnal animals, by using low-wattage lighting, covered directional lighting, and fewer lighting fixtures.
• Not using high electricity draw appliances, such as electric ovens, coffee makers, toasters, hair dryers, televisions, air conditioning, and microwave ovens.
• Adopting one mile of roadway to be kept free from litter on a weekly basis.
• Limiting the number of electrical power outlets.
• Operating only the most energy efficient practical large appliances possible, such as the butane gas-powered chest freezer and oven, and Energy Star rated refrigerators and washing machines.
•Utilizing gravity, rather than gas or electric pumps, for water flow.
• Limiting water usage and irrigating specified areas with “gray water” from showers, sinks, and laundry.
• Utilizing on-demand water pressure-activated butane water heaters, rather than constant running tank style water heaters.
• Cooling with ceiling fans rather than air conditioning.
• Limiting the number of cabañas and building on piers to avoid altering the landscape as much as possible.
• Recycling as many products as possible for reuse on the grounds, including food scraps, shopping bags and containers.
• Utilizing cloth napkins, rather than paper, for dining service.
• Replanting with indigenous and endemic species of plants and trees where possible, including our Mahogany Reforestation Project.
• Clearing underbrush from forested areas and maintaining that level of forestry maintenance in order to promote the healthy growth of existing mature trees and reducing the impact of wildfires.
• Encouraging the planting of trees and plants necessary for wildlife.
• Using the minimum of agricultural and horticultural chemicals.
• Where choice exists, purchasing products that harm the environment the least.
• Not keeping any wild animal captive unless in an emergency situation where there is no alternative. As soon as possible seeking an appropriate “home” for any captive animal or returning them to the wild.
• Actively discouraging hunting of protected species within the community.
• Actively discouraging the trafficking of flora and fauna, internationally, nationally and locally.
• Actively encouraging and promoting the work of the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (P.A.C.T).
• Giving preference to products that are environmentally friendly.
• Giving preference to those products that are from sustainable sources.
• Purchasing products with the least packaging possible.
• Promote and protect the local culture and economy by
• Contributing to numerous socially green enterprises, including but not limited to:
--Pack for a Purpose (www.packforapurpose.org)
--Cristo Rey Primary
*Primary sponsor of the Cristo Rey Environmental Group
*Secondary sponsor of the school’s Technology Club
*Donations of school supplies, funds for special awards and programs
--Rotary Club International
--Angel Says Read, Library Donation Project
--Thomas Jackson Spring Memorial Fund to assist the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Pediatric Ward
--San Ignacio Humane Society
--Local Sports and Youth groups
--Individuals with special medical needs
--Cristo Rey Village Water Board
--Liberty Children’s Home
• Marketing only Belizean made products in our gift shop.
• Purchasing locally made food, beverages, and cleaning products when possible and practical.
• Hiring Belizean staff and hiring from within the two closest villages whenever possible.
• Encouraging apprenticeships for younger local workers, specifically focusing on traditional farming and building practices, as well as training in the tourism industry.