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We take sustainability seriously

Connect with nature
at every turn

Sustainable Tourism, based on the three key principles of environmentally-friendly practices, support for the protection of cultural and natural heritage, and benefiting local people is at the heart of all we do at Eagle Cottages.

Gulf State Park will be an international benchmark for environmental and economic sustainability, demonstrating best practices for outdoor recreation, education and hospitable accommodations.
— Gulf State Park Mission Statement
 

Our goal is to be an "international benchmark for environmental and economic sustainability, demonstrating best practices for outdoor recreation, education and hospitality." We are proud that pre-eminent naturalist and Alabama native, E. O Wilson, called this special region "America’s Amazon." As such, we are deeply dedicated to the principles and practices of sustainable tourism.

 

Pillar One


Environmentally friendly
operations and facilities

Pillar One


Environmentally friendly
operations and facilities

 

Biodegradable materials and recycling all paper, aluminum, and glass

Elimination of all single-use plastic water bottles and plastic straws on property and guest excursions

Furniture made from recycled and repurposed materials

Energy efficient LED lighting

Environmentally-friendly cleaning products

BeeKind natural bathroom amenities, which donates a portion of its proceeds to native bee pollination research

Complimentary guest bicycles and a bike share program to reduce carbon emissions

 

Pillar Two


Support for the protection of
cultural and natural heritage

Pillar Two


Support for the protection of
cultural and natural heritage

 

Ongoing natural dune restoration and removal of invasive species

Helping to maintain 28 miles of hiking and bicycle trails with educational signage to learn about local ecology and ecosystem restoration

Operating a natural history Learning Campus and Interpretive Center based upon sustainable building design and construction

Supporting conservation initiatives, such as the Annual Coastal Cleanup

Partnering with conservation and educational organizations, including Alabama Coastal Foundation, Cousteau Ocean Futures Society, and the University of Southern Alabama

Share the Beach endangered sea turtle monitoring program

 

Pillar Three


Direct and tangible social
and economic benefits to
local people

Pillar Three


Direct and tangible social
and economic benefits to
local people

 

Employing 98% of our staff from the local area

Prioritizing our food supplies from local farmers and fishermen, based upon sustainable sourcing

Utilizing local artists' work in all the cottages and our reception area

Supporting local businesses in our gift shop including local products such as pecans, honey, and items such as artisan made soaps, candles, and other handicrafts that only use natural ingredients

Collaborating with Alabama colleges to provide internship opportunities for students interested in careers in hospitality and sustainable tourism

 

Each of these pillars is part of the mission of Eagle Cottages and we are constantly striving to maintain our symbiotic relationship with the nature which surrounds us.

 

At the core of our mission is a belief in the importance of public-private partnerships and affiliations to advance conservation.