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July 31st, 2008
New Environmental Awareness Initiative at leading Indian Ocean Resort

MALDIVES RANGALI ISLAND LAUNCHES‘THE GREEN TEAM’

Forget the ‘A team’, the new ‘Green Team’ at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has been equipped with the power to save more than the good guys! The award-winning Indian Ocean resort has implemented a new ‘we care’ course to ensure all team members are equipped withthe environmental awareness to safeguard the future of the Maldives.

Set in a picturesque corner of the Maldives, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island combines three distinct resort experiences on two islands, linked by a bridge and surrounded by a vibrant coral reef and lagoon. Accommodation includes 50 of the most luxurious Water Villas in the country, 79 exotic Beach Villas and 21 fabulous Spa Water Villas — the ultimate in pure indulgence.

Since its inception, the Green Team has introduced measures including the sale of used ink cartridges to a Refill company on behalf of a nominated charity and the ‘Earth Hour’, a monthly exercise that invites all guests and staff to turn off all lights and appliances within the entire resort. The team will also soon unveil a green website, which outlines the resort’s commitment to eco-initiatives. The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island takes significant steps to both reduce its
environmental impact and help preserve the natural surroundings. The resort separates and recycles all waste where possible; uses biodegradable cleaning products across all departments; generates all hot water from solar power and runs a wastewater and desalination plant to produce water for the irrigation of the island.

A training course teaches staff the facts, figures and possible impact of Global Warming on their surroundings as well updating them on the reasoning behind the existing environmental measures implemented by the resort. On completion of the course, staff members become part of the Green Team, working together to suggest and initiate further positive changes in the resort.

To cut down on food miles, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island grows the majority of its organic fruits and vegetables on nearby Mandhoo Island, also home to a local Maldivian community whose school is sponsored by the resort. The resort’s Dive team also participate in regular beach and under-water clean up missions and are currently sponsoring an important Whale Shark Study, which aims to learn more about the vulnerable species in order to protect and enhance understanding of their conservation.

For further information on Conrad Hotels & Resorts please visit ConradHotels.com.

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