Westwinds proudly announces
its certification by G.L.E.E. (Green Living and Energy Certification) of the Florida Keys. Key West Mayor Craig Cates attended a celebration in the courtyard along
with B.G. Carter (owner) and Susie Menez (General Manager). Bridget McDonald was recognized for her leadership in directing Westwinds towards
its certification of G.L.E.E. sustainability.
Westwinds has incorporated a new recycling program; a greener breakfast set-up by using biodegradable cutlery;
safer cleaning products and a composting project to reduce waste and improve soil quality on the grounds. By placing small recycling
receptacles in guest rooms and larger receptacles around the grounds, Westwinds will reduce its commercial waste hauling expenses by $3,000
Composting a portion of the yard waste will lower hauling expenses. Leaves and other plant material will be composted on-grounds, creating a nutrient-rich
soil amendment to be used on site. Condensation from window air-conditioners has been directed via hose to planted areas, eliminating the need for watering and ridding
walkways of puddles and rust stains.
Westwinds benefited from a free Keys Energy audit that showed where additional weatherization could increase cooling efficiency.