Turtle Bay Resort: Stoke Certified | Photo: Turtle Bay Resort

Oahu's Turtle Bay Resort has been awarded with "Stoke Certified", the world's first sustainability certification program to focus exclusively on surf and snow resorts.

The onsite evaluation of Turtle Bay Resort analyzed 142 criteria and 326 sustainability indicators resulting in a compliance score of 83%. It is now the second surf resort in the world, and the first in Hawaii, to be awarded the sustainable certification.

"Over the past year, we've collaborated with Stoke to further our master plan for the benefit of all guests who seek a resort experience that is in keeping with the spirit of the North Shore," explains Scott McCormack, vice president of Turtle Bay Resort.

The "Stoke Certified" program was founded by Carl Kish and Dr. Jess Ponting. The world's first sustainability certification program specific to surf and ski tourism verifies the legitimacy of sustainability claims by operators.

"Last year 'Stoke Certified' worked with Turtle Bay Resort to develop a roadmap to sustainability. This year we are delighted to have been able to document and verify a vast array of sustainability initiatives," underline Carl Kish and Jess Ponting.

"From working with local schools, the elderly, sporting groups, and Hawaiian cultural festivals, to supporting local agricultural programs, establishing permanent conservation easements, designing sustainable renovations like the installation of green roofing, and renewable energy initiatives including a massive rooftop solar array."