Sustainability

Hotel Plaza Colón is the only boutique hotel in Granada fully owned and operated by Nicaraguans and although it has been in operation for only 9 years, its parent company MONISA (HACCP Certified), has been the region’s number one employer for almost 50 years.

An agreement with Rainforest Alliance was signed shortly after the Hotel begun operations; since then, we have worked in the implementation of Rainforest Alliance’s sustainability criteria and are Verified  by this organization every year.

Our sustainability policy has always been based on promoting the conservation of the environment and its resources, supporting the well being and development of the local community and providing training and promoting individual’s initiatives among our human resources.

We also focus on buying all local produce, employing local tradesmen and providing internship opportunities, implementing recycling, executing water and electricity conservation programs and supporting community projects like: Yo Puedo Leer School, Vida JovenCasa Lupita and Operation Smile.

 

ECO SCHOOL PROJECT

In 2009, Hotel Plaza Colón along with Careli Tours & FundeNic (NGO), came together to carry out for the first time in Nicaragua, the program ECO ESCUELAS.  The program consists of providing environmental education in public schools and it is funded by the private sector.  At that time, this “pilot project”, was successfully executed for two years (2010/2011) in Pedro Joaquin Chamorro School in El Diamante, a small community along the shores of Lake Cocibolca.  With the experience acquired during the pilot, the Eco Scholl Program was launched on a national level and by the end of 2013, it was already being executed in 70 public schools.

For 2015, Hotel Plaza Colón sponsors this Program in the Carlos A. Bravo School (+800 students), its main components are:

Activity

#

Participants

Students Teachers
Thematic Talks

44,

897,

38,

Environmental Videos

25,

897,

38,

Teaching Expeditions

2,

-

38,

Environmental Competitions

2,

897,

38,

Workshops with Teachers

5,

-

199,

Master Talks

2,

100,

89,

Cleaning Tasks

4,

897,

38,

Ecological Fairs

1,

897,

38,

Facility Projects

6,

-

-

Production of Materials

(Posters, Stickers, T-Shirts, Text Books Donated to the School)

To offer a sustainable option for guests that would like to help Granada’s children, we have the “Plaza Colón Backpack” available:

Pre-School: US $15.00

Elementary: US $17.00

*If you wish to contribute, request the backpack of your preference to the Concierge; we appreciate your contribution so very much!

The backpacks are delivered once a month to the School and are given to the children who cannot afford them and that are also enthusiastic about the environment.

We are very proud of this program and we hope other businesses in the city join efforts with FundeNic in order to take the Program to more schools in Granada.

If you wish to be up to date on the development of the Program, join us on Facebook: Hotel Plaza Colón

WANT TO GIVE BACK?

If you want to contribute or visit the ECO SCHOOL, contact our General Manager and she will give you detailed information on the school needs and the different ways you could contribute to this cause.

There are other organizations in Granada that provide aid for children:

Hotel Plaza Colón is the only boutique hotel in Granada fully owned and operated by Nicaraguans and although it has been in operation for only 9 years, its parent company MONISA (HACCP Certified), has been the region’s number one employer for almost 50 years.

An agreement with Rainforest Alliance was signed shortly after the Hotel begun operations; since then, we have worked in the implementation of Rainforest Alliance’s sustainability criteria and are Verified  by this organization every year.

Our sustainability policy has always been based on promoting the conservation of the environment and its resources, supporting the well being and development of the local community and providing training and promoting individual’s initiatives among our human resources.

We also focus on buying all local produce, employing local tradesmen and providing internship opportunities, implementing recycling, executing water and electricity conservation programs and supporting community projects like: Yo Puedo Leer School, Vida JovenCasa Lupita and Operation Smile.

 

ECO SCHOOL PROJECT

In 2009, Hotel Plaza Colón along with Careli Tours & FundeNic (NGO), came together to carry out for the first time in Nicaragua, the program ECO ESCUELAS.  The program consists of providing environmental education in public schools and it is funded by the private sector.  At that time, this “pilot project”, was successfully executed for two years (2010/2011) in Pedro Joaquin Chamorro School in El Diamante, a small community along the shores of Lake Cocibolca.  With the experience acquired during the pilot, the Eco Scholl Program was launched on a national level and by the end of 2013, it was already being executed in 70 public schools.

For 2015, Hotel Plaza Colón sponsors this Program in the Carlos A. Bravo School (+800 students), its main components are:

Activity

#

Participants

Students Teachers
Thematic Talks

44,

897,

38,

Environmental Videos

25,

897,

38,

Teaching Expeditions

2,

-

38,

Environmental Competitions

2,

897,

38,

Workshops with Teachers

5,

-

199,

Master Talks

2,

100,

89,

Cleaning Tasks

4,

897,

38,

Ecological Fairs

1,

897,

38,

Facility Projects

6,

-

-

Production of Materials

(Posters, Stickers, T-Shirts, Text Books Donated to the School)

To offer a sustainable option for guests that would like to help Granada’s children, we have the “Plaza Colón Backpack” available:

Pre-School: US $15.00

Elementary: US $17.00

*If you wish to contribute, request the backpack of your preference to the Concierge; we appreciate your contribution so very much!

The backpacks are delivered once a month to the School and are given to the children who cannot afford them and that are also enthusiastic about the environment.

We are very proud of this program and we hope other businesses in the city join efforts with FundeNic in order to take the Program to more schools in Granada.

If you wish to be up to date on the development of the Program, join us on Facebook: Hotel Plaza Colón

WANT TO GIVE BACK?

If you want to contribute or visit the ECO SCHOOL, contact our General Manager and she will give you detailed information on the school needs and the different ways you could contribute to this cause.

There are other organizations in Granada that provide aid for children:

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