CST: Certification in Sustainable Tourism
What is Sustainability?
There are many considerations within the concept of sustainability, mainly focusing on the following:
While sustainability encompasses such a wide spectrum, the broadly summarized definition can be simply stated as follows: Finding means in which we can satisfy our needs without compromising future generations’ ability to meet theirs.
CST: Certification in Sustainable Tourism & Our Leaves
The CST is a program developed by the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism (ICT), an autonomous institution of the government of Costa Rica, whose principal objective is to actualize sustainable tourism.
The CST categorizes and certifies tourist companies according to the level that their operations achieve the model of sustainability, based on the grade of impact on the environment and on the community where it is located.
It focuses on four components:
- Services and Infrastructure
- External Client
- Social-Economic Environment
Participation by the tourism industry in these categories is designed to incorporate the use of biodegradable products, advance policies of electricity and water conservation, encourage knowledge of and interaction with the local culture, protect private and state-owned natural areas, among other positive results.
How Can You Help Us?
Ó Turn off lights and fans when you leave your bungalow. Rancho Margot self-produces energy 24 hours a day; it is very important that we all understand the importance of energy conservation.
Ó Completely turn off the water when you finish using it. WATER is our most precious resource; let’s not waste it.
Ó If you require clean towels, leave them on a chair to be replaced. Towels dry well outside on your balcony, weather-permitting.
Ó Use the biodegradable soap we produce and supply for your use. This Rancho Margot product is specially prepared using waste oils and allows us and you to reduce our impact on the environment.
Ó Minimize the amount of non-recyclable trash you leave here. Our waste management system does not permit us to manage large volumes of non-recyclable trash.
Ó Rancho Margot actively practices and supports conservation. We invite you to visit our National Parks. We reject and denounce any act of extraction and/or commercialization of biological species. We kindly request you not feed any of the animals in the Rescue Center or any other wild animal you encounter on the Ranch. Also, please let us feed our dogs.
Ó Supply comments, suggestions, questions and evaluations respecting the hotel and the CST. We want to grow and improve every day.
Ó Participate in any of our educational projects. Ask us how.