Solstice strives to be the most environmentally conscious
vacation house on the market. Without sacrificing comfort
Solstice significantly lightens its impact on the environment though a number of
eco-friendly features and initiatives. Long Island is a prime
Caribbean ecotourism destination and our commitment to
environmental sustainability is the perfect compliment to that.
The Bahamas generates most of its electricity using imported
diesel fuel - one of the least efficient and most polluting
sources available. At Solstice, photovoltaic
solar panels generate completely clean electricity using the
abundant Bahamian sunshine.
Air travel and other transportation is also a significant
producer of pollution and carbon dioxide. To offset these other
negative effects of running the house and your travel to
Solstice, a portion of the rental proceeds goes toward programs
to reduce energy consumption and promote renewable energy in the Bahamas. Click
here for more details about the
positive ways your rental payment is used.
Natural Rainwater Collection and Recycling
The lush vegetation and turquoise waters disguise the fact
that Long Island is semi-arid. During the dry season, months can
pass without rain and there are few natural sources of fresh water on
the island. The local water utility needs to manufacture fresh
water from salt water using reverse osmosis.
However, the drinking water at Solstice is natural rainwater. Over 30,000
gallons of rainwater storage tanks sit under Solstice and
Kaleidoscope, providing a reliable supply of fresh water
year-round without the use of chemicals or energy. The water
that comes out the tap is exactly as nature provided it.
The edible plants are irrigated using the same pure rain
water. Ornamental plants are watered using recycled "gray water"
that is washed down the sinks, showers and appliances. Solstice
is a natural part of the local water cycle.
It's Green Inside...
Inside Solstice, a number of small touches make for a safer
and healthier world for our guests and the environment:
- Biodegradable bath and kitchen products are supplied for
guest use. Cleaning supplies are chosen for their safety and
low environmental impact.
- A simple and clean system allows guests to set aside
food waste for later composting in the gardens.
- Sheets and towels are made from organic cotton and
- The appliances installed at Solstice are some of the
most energy and water efficient on the market.
- Ceiling fans and cross-breezes in every room provide
ample natural cooling, though high-efficiency air
conditioners are also installed in two bedrooms.
Nothing brings you closer to nature than the fresh fruits,
vegetables and herbs from the gardens of Solstice. In addition
to providing our guests with fresh healthy food, the lush
gardens and surrounding
forest also protect the land from erosion and act as a natural
buffer against the elements.