At Forever Resorts we estimate to conservatively touch more than 20 million people every year through our domestic resort operations. As a leader in the hospitality industry, this offers a unique opportunity to extend our environmental ethic to others so visitors may learn from our experiences and return home with a new knowledge of environmental responsibility.
As a hospitality business, Forever Resorts procures hundreds of thousands of items every year through thousands of suppliers, artists and vendors. Realizing we too can impact the environment and enlighten and educate many others, we've developed an extensive and comprehensive environmental health and safety management program called Forever Earth that encompasses every Forever Resorts property, our partners, stakeholders, team members, guests, and interactions with our suppliers and vendors.
Forever Resorts' goals and environmental commitments are communicated to every vendor and supplier we work with, or could work with and we have distributed over 10,000 notices to vendors in nearly every state in the United States informing them of our goals and commitments. A green rating criteria was established to give preference to vendors and suppliers that offer products containing recycled content and are recyclable, reduce waste, demonstrates environmental business practices, lessens the environmental footprint of doing business and highlights regional merchandising themes. This program has been in place since 2003 with progressive results attained by our properties ever since.
As a company, Forever Resorts believes in offering a helping hand to others as we take on the difficult challenges of moving beyond environmental compliance. By working with local communities near our properties, Forever Resorts supports non-profit environmental organizations through a donation program. By sharing our technical expertise and lessons learned, many additional companies will be trained and will benefit within the hospitality, tourism and marine industries. We are often asked to share our enviornmental best practices and knowledge with government partners in national and state parks, forests, recreational areas and communities where we operate.
Environmental compliance is a fundamental commitment across every property of Forever Resorts. We have established Forever Earth environmental program to ensure all of our locations are fully compliant with regulatory obligations and local community agreements. As an environmental leader we must go far beyond regulatory obligations and seek out new technologies and methodologies to lesson our burden on the environment. By establishing strong initiatives Forever Resorts will continue to expand and strengthen our Forever Earth program.
Explore our Forever Earth environmental website to discover the initiatives, demonstrating how we "walk our environmental talk" in the way we do business. Forever Resorts welcomes comments and ideas and invites anyone to contact our national coordinator with comments, thoughts and suggestions at any time.