Kiawah Island: Ecologically Sensitive

kayakKiawah Island has always been renowned as a naturally beautiful location. Filled with vegetation, flora and fauna, you could call it the archetypal “green” destination.

Since resort and real estate construction began on the island in the 1970’s, all development has been carefully designed to blend into the island’s natural habitat. In fact, before any commercial earth was turned, a complete inventory of the island’s wildlife and plant life was undertaken.

This commitment to nature preservation led to many innovative developments, including the requirement that all buildings remain behind the secondary dune line to protect this critical habitat. There are also no streetlights on Kiawah, as the artificial light could attract Loggerhead Sea Turtles away from the beach on which they nest for six months of the year.

Long before “ecotourism” became a marketing term, the resort was giving guests the opportunity to donate $2 per night during their stay to the Kiawah Island Conservancy, which is dedicated to the preservation of the island.

Each of our five championship golf courses as well as the grounds of The Sanctuary have been certified by Audubon International as Cooperative Sanctuaries. This award-winning education and certification program recognizes golf courses and other facilities for their sensitivity to protecting the environment. To achieve the Audubon Sanctuary Certification, our golf courses and The Sanctuary demonstrated a high degree of environmental quality in a variety of categories, including Environmental Planning, Wildlife Habitat Management, Resource Conservation, Waste Management and Outreach and Education.

And, as the world does become more eco-conscious, the resort continues to respond with new initiatives, including additional nature programming, water conservation and recycling. Even the oyster shells from our summer oyster roasts are redistributed into the salt marsh around the island.

We hope that this site helps you understand the things the resort is undertaking to make vacations less impactful on the environment.

Community Relations

Just as our beloved Loggerhead Sea Turtles and Painted Buntings play integral roles within our coastal ecosystem, Kiawah lsland Golf Resort plays an integral part in the Charleston Community. By placing a concerted effort on repurposing usable items, conserving water and energy, and focusing on our local economy KIGR is fulfilling a beneficial niche.

Sustainable Food Initiative

“Sustainable” is food that is harvested in a manner that does not risk the health or future of the harvested population. While not comprimising quality or guest satisfaction, efforts will be made to find local sources, organic products, and humane treatment of animals. Third party certifications will be sought out to verify these efforts where applicable.

Sustainable Product Availability

Increase the availability of more environmentally, socially and economically responsible products and services for guests, as well as employee use. Sustainability will be judged by the whole lifecycle of the product from extraction of raw materials, transportation, use and finally to proper disposal.

Harmful Materials Reduction

Achieve 100% recycling of all batteries, fluorescent bulbs, and e-waste. Emphasis will be placed on properly disposing paint and vehicle oil filters. Increase the availability of less harmful cleaning products, especially those chemicals that may be washed into our local wetland systems.

Solid Waste Reduction

Participation from all departments in KIGR’s waste minimization programs is mandatory to the best of their abilities and spatial limitations. KIGR constantly monitors and manages recycling and trash pick-ups for the most efficient use of resources to best serve our guests and the Lowcountry. The types of items collected for rescue, recycling and composting, in addition to points of collection, will continue to expand to reduce the volume of land-filled material.

Sustainable Systems Committee

Interested employees will serve as the liaison between our Sustainability Coordinator and their department. Persons should be passionate about the cause and have good communication skills. This person will monitor and advise their coworkers on the Resort’s sustainability initiatives.

pollination exploration
marsh ecology
pond discoveries