There are 4 properties currently listed in Johns Island. At this time there are 1 "Green" lodging properties listed of which this is the only lodging property that has completed the iStayGreen Audit. Kiawah Island Golf Resort has been awarded a 2 Green Eco-Leaf Rating.
To qualify for the Green Eco-Leaf Rating Kiawah Island Golf Resort completed an audit of their property's compliance with over 70 unique eco-initiatives. Environmentally friendly measures that are reviewed include energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling, enviromentally safe cleaning, reduction of waste, ongoing maintenance, purchasing habits, plus many other factors. In it's efforts to create a more sustainable travel future and reduce their impact on our environment, Kiawah Island Golf Resort employs 27 eco-initiatives.
For detailed information regarding environmental measures currently employed by Kiawah Island Golf Resort please contact the property directly or email iStayGreen.org.
Sustainable Seafood Initiative The majority of Resort Chefs work with the Sustainable Seafood Initiative (http://www.scaquarium.org/SSI/default.html). Through this initiative we focus on serving fish and seafood that is caught or farmed with consideration for the long-term viability of individual marine species and for the oceans’ ecological balance as a whole. In fact, our most popular fine dining restaurant only serves local shrimp (In-state) and 40% of our fish is from South Carolina.
Oyster Shell Recycling Our Resort participates in The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ (SCDNR) statewide oyster shell recycling program, known as, South Carolina Oyster Restoration and Enhancement (SCORE). Hundreds of cases of oysters are consumed on Kiawah, mostly at the summer public oyster roasts, and in 2008 around 25,500 pounds of shell was picked up by DNR staff. By recycling these oyster shells, we are helping to restore or enhance South Carolina oyster habitat, reduce material destined for our landfill, and assist with coastal erosion control.
Audubon International Audubon International has recognized KIGR for: environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation water quality management, outreach and education. Audubon International has certified all five of the Resort’s golf courses and the grounds of The Sanctuary as certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
National Wildlife Federation NWF has designated Kiawah Island as a Community Wildlife Habitat. Kiawah Island is now one of only three certified habitats in South Carolina and only 29 in the country. The Kiawah Island Community Association (KICA) spearheaded this effort in conjunction with the Kiawah Island Garden Club, the Kiawah Island Natural Habitat Conservancy, the Kiawah Island Naturalist Group, the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the Town of Kiawah Island Environmental Committee, the Kiawah Island Architectural Review Board and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
2009 Outstanding Business/Industry Recycling Program Award from the Carolina Recycling Association
2009 S.C. Smart Business Recycling Program Award, which is a partnership between DHEC and the S.C. Department of Commerce.