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With one in every 1,000 babies surviving to adulthood, efforts to save endangered sea turtles in Cancún aren’t just heart-warming, they’re vital. For the past 15 years, the Moon Palace has been caring for the sea turtle population that arrives on its shores every year. During nesting season (typically May to September), a dedicated team of experts and volunteers patrol more than 9km of beach every night searching for nesting sites. These areas are protected by large mesh cages with fluorescent markers which keep predators out and help identify nests. After nesting activity takes place, eggs are carefully transferred into simulated nests in a controlled environment, which increases survival rates to just under 100%.

Approximately 57 days later, the hatchlings begin to emerge from their shells and controlled baby sea turtle releases commence. To date, more than 2 million baby sea turtles have been successfully released into the Caribbean Sea and over 18,500 individual nests have been protected from harm.

Including sea turtles, the Moon Palace actively monitors and protects 33 reptile species, 7 amphibian species, 164 bird species and 23 species of mammals, (including a number of threatened and endangered animals), in their natural habitat.

Carbon Offsets

For the 4th year in a row, CID Presents and Dead & Company are teaming up with REVERB to neutralize our carbon footprint in Mexico. We’re calculating every flight (including artist and staff travel), as well as the power used in resort rooms and throughout the venue. As part of REVERB’s forthcoming Music Climate Revolution campaign, Playing in the Sand has committed to fund regional clean energy and carbon mitigation projects in the fight against the climate crisis. These efforts are compounded by both CID Presents and the Moon Palace’s commitment to minimizing their impact on the Yucatan Peninsula and its precious ecosystem, which is detailed below.

Resort Initiatives

The Moon Palace’s commitment to low carbon tourism is truly inspiring. Every single piece of trash or waste that’s discarded on-site gets sorted and diverted from landfill. 90% of the resort’s energy is produced by a third party which uses carbon credits to support clean energy. Additionally, all rooms in Sunrise, Nizuc, The Golf Course and The Grand are equipped with sensors which optimize energy saving. These sensors automatically deactivate AC when balcony doors open and switch off lights when there is no movement detected for long periods of time. Water-saving technology has been installed across the property to efficiently control the amount of water used in toilets, showers, and wash basins, reducing waste significantly. Solar panels have also been installed on a number of Moon Palace buildings to supply these areas with energy-efficient lighting. Guests looking for a carbon-free transportation option during their stay can take advantage of complimentary bike rentals offered throughout the property.

Each month more than 150 tons of organic waste is composted at the resort and used in food production for Moon Palace kitchens, gardening activities, golf course maintenance and ornamental plant development. 12 different species of microgreens are hand-grown on-site, including swiss chard, honeydew melon, and more. In a matter of days, they are cut by hand, transferred to containers and taken directly to Palace Resorts kitchens, ready for world-class chefs to create gourmet masterpieces. In 2020, almost 700 lbs of microgreens were delivered for use in Palace Resorts’ kitchens. Nearly 3,000 litres of biodiesel fuel is also produced at the Moon Palace on a monthly basis using burned oil from its kitchens. This fuel helps power various maintenance vehicles throughout the property. Last year, 18,626 liters of biofuel was produced at Moon Palace, enabling the resort to reduce greenhouse emissions by 87%.

The Moon Palace is currently preserving 325 acres of protected lands throughout the Riviera Cancún region. This mangrove area plays a key role in carbon sequestration and functions as a habitat for species that are categorized as being “at-risk” by the Mexican government.

Venue Initiatives

In addition to several large-scale prevention strategies, we’ve launched a number of exciting greening initiatives within our venue, including a single-use plastic-free concert area.

Compostable plates, cups, cutlery and napkins will be utilized for food & beverages in addition to trash in the venue getting sorted post-event and diverted from landfill. Multiple Water Refill stations will also be available inside the venue in an effort to eliminate the need for plastic water bottles.

New Efforts for 2022

  • Optional Social & Environmental Impact Fund donation included during purchase process
  • Eco-conscious merchandise gifts and items
  • Reduction of meat-based menu items in the concert area
  • Increased footprint for Water Refill stations
  • Ecologically sourced signage
  • Plastic-free art installations inside the venue