Sustainable Development

Dart is committed to sustainable growth in the Cayman Islands, balancing our society, environment, and economy. Recently, we have begun mapping our activities to the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, a universal and visionary framework that enables a holistic understanding of the factors necessary to build a better future for all.

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“Sustainability underpins everything we do. We are committed to Cayman and its sustainable future. At Dart, we are directing our attention and resources to creating exceptional opportunities, places and experiences that enrich lives now and for future generations.” Mark VanDevelde, CEO of Dart Enterprises - “Investing in Cayman’s Future”

 

Responsible Consumption and Production

An early adopter of recycling in the Cayman Islands, Dart invested in an Andela glass pulveriser in 2012. Which, for the past 8 years, has processed all glass and ceramics collected through the government and other recycling depots. The recycled glass can be seen in pavers used at several locations on-island such as the walkway along the beach at Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, the parking area at Cricket Square and many of the walkways at Camana Bay. 

Since 2014, Camana Bay has been transitioning to environmentally friendly LED lighting: Dart has recycled every decommissioned lightbulb according to EPA standards, and collected lightbulbs from other commercial contractors and businesses in the area to do the same. Newspapers are also collected and taken to the Cayman Islands Humane Society which uses the paper for kennel liners.

Affordable and Clean Energy

As one of the largest local producers of solar energy, Dart believes in embracing emerging technologies to decrease our dependence on fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions. Dart's Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa and The Residences at Seafire, which achieved LEED Silver certification in 2019, boasts one of the largest solar panel arrays in the Cayman Islands. In addition to solar power, many of our development projects also incorporate environmentally sound practices such as LED lighting, geothermal energy, and rainwater harvesting.

Sustainable Cities and Communities

Resilient infrastructure, inclusive and sustainable urbanisation, and technological innovation are essential components of Dart’s hallmark project: the 685-acre mixed-use, master-planned town of Camana Bay, the Caribbean’s first and only community founded on the principles of New Urbanism. Built with connectivity and accessibility in mind, Camana Bay exemplifies Dart’s holistic approach to creating places that enrich lives now and for future generations. We believe in making highest and best use of limited land and reducing the environmental impact of our developments through increased set backs from the high watermark, turtle-friendly lighting, and connectivity that provides for a variety of uses and users.

Quality Education

Access to inclusive and equitable quality education is fundamental to the sustainable development of our community. Dart has been supporting local educational programmes for more than a decade. Through our Minds Inspired programme, we faciliate seven programmes each academic year: Maths Challenge, Work-X, MI Academy, STEM Teacher Award, STEM Graduation Award, FIRST Technical Challenge and SeaPerch. Dart’s focus on STEM is rooted in the Dart family’s belief that these subjects are fundamental building blocks for success in school and life. In addition, through Dart Scholar we recognise and support some of Cayman’s brightest academics with tuition scholarships, enrichment opportunities and mentoring. At Camana Bay, Dart has invested more than $60 million in education infrastructure to date.

Decent Work and Economic Growth

As the Cayman Islands’ largest private investor and employer, we believe meaningful employment and exciting career opportunities serve as catalysts for economic growth in our community, contributing to our sustained quality of life. We believe in thoughtful investment in industries and innovations that allow for higher levels of economic productivity through diversification and technological upgrading, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors.

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

One of our seven Dart Values, innovation is a mindset and philosophy that is embedded in all of our products and processes, from design and development, to maintenance and operations, to customer service and community development. Whether it is through alternative transport projects launched by Dart Labs, or the introduction of a new green building standard, we believe business, scientific and technological innovations create a healthy environment, provide a better standard of living and improve human lives.