There are 0 properties currently listed in Greater Accra. At this time there are 1 "Green" lodging properties listed of which this is the only lodging property that has completed the iStayGreen Audit. Legassi Gardens has been awarded a 2 Green Eco-Leaf Rating.
To qualify for the Green Eco-Leaf Rating Legassi Gardens 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, Legassi Gardens employs 24 eco-initiatives.
For detailed information regarding environmental measures currently employed by Legassi Gardens please contact the property directly or email iStayGreen.org.
Environmental In 2001, Ghana was classified internationally as a ‘Highly Indebted Poor Country’ HIPC. Consequently, as one of the poorest developing nations, initiatives that put the environment first are still in their infancy; and relevant information, services and products are not generally available.
Nevertheless, in what we do, we aim to protect and to minimize any negative impact on our environment. We place an ‘Akwaaba’ information sheet in each apartment and continue to ask guests to be energy efficient: see AKWAABA SHEET
The following also describes some of our property based initiatives: * To offset carbon emissions we promote vegetarianism, through our vegetarian café. We recognize that diet is an important tool in working to achieve environmental sustainability; and studies on world food security estimate that a diet containing meat requires up to 3 times as many resources as a vegetarian diet. (Research has shown that worldwide food production requires 20% of fossil fuel energy, 30% of the total soil available, and a major part of the fresh water flow. Raising cattle is one of the most damaging elements of agriculture as they cause the most environmental damage of any non-human species through over-grazing, soil erosion, desertification and tropical deforestation for ranches, in addition to their gaseous emissions and manure products.) As far as we are aware, there are only 2 other vegetarian eating places in Accra. We are known in our area for our vegetarian life-style. We also help to limit transport pollution by promoting the use of local transport including the train and buses (trotros). We are ideally placed just 5 minutes walk from the train station.
* In 2005 we connected a solar lighting system for the compound, which we hope to use as a backup to the electricity mains. We gladly welcome any information and technical advice on how to maintain and maximize its use. * We collect rain water during the rainy seasons, for household and garden use, in two large water tanks. We are not connected to the Government mains water system, and are particularly careful with our use of water. * We compost our organic waste and grow organically, without using pesticides or fertilizers, some basic food stuffs in our garden- such as cassava, gungu peas, callaloo and pawpaw, depending on the season. We also use the food we grow for meals in our café. * Our recycling mainly comprises returning bottles and other containers to our suppliers for reuse, and also carrying refillable containers to the market for items such as peanut paste and palm oil. We also recycle old subscription magazines, such as ‘Amnesty’ and ‘Clean State’ by putting them in the apartments for guests to read. Our ‘Akwaaba’ information sheet also encourages our guests to separate their waste for composting and recycling. * We maintain a small office, in our home, which is in the same compound as the apartments, and do not ‘travel’ to work, thereby avoiding transport pollution. We also use only a minimum of paper, printing on both sides, not producing printed brochures, printing multiple flyers for the café on A4 paper instead of one flyer per sheet, and using blackboards instead of printed menus in the café. In the office, our home and throughout the compound, we aim to ensure that appliances are turned off from the mains when not in use, and that energy efficient bulbs are used. * We minimize energy use by placing a minimum of electrical appliances in the apartments: a television (if requested), a fridge and fans; by requesting that guests do not use electric irons or kettles; and reminding them, in our ‘Akwaaba’ information sheet, not to waste resources. * We fit the apartments with spacious showers, instead of bathes; we have well-ventilated rooms, instead of air-conditioning; the sheets are changed as requested by guests, and usually every 3-5 days, depending on the guest and their length of stay. * We give a home to the many different species of birds and butterflies which inhabit the fruit trees in our garden; and the birds begin their melodic singing with the sunrise every morning. *We also work with a local organic farmer in Djastui, Ras Obadiah Farm, and organize working visits to his farm for interested guests.