At Selong Selo, we’re passionate about working with the community. Supporting the local cultures, economies, and environment is as important to us as creating a quality project development. This commitment reflects every decision we make as we look to develop a sustainable development model for the future. We hope we can illustrate techniques that can be adopted by peer developments in the region and demonstrate that sustainability programs not only make good environmental sense, they also make good financial sense.
The SELONG SELO FOOTPRINTS FOUNDATION integrates our commitment to sustainable development and creates new green business opportunities for the local community. The core principles and initiatives to be gradually rolled out include:
Clean Energy Programs
In addition to our commitment to being a carbon negative development through a dual strategy of reducing consumption and producing clean energy, we are looking at ways of providing solar PV power plants in communities that are in need of electricity. These solar power plants will help to reduce the energy deficit across Lombok by providing free electricity that will support homes and small businesses in the communities. Battery charging systems will also be installed so residents can charge mobile phones and other battery devices for free
Where possible, we employ locals for all our development projects to ensure the money is reinvested back into the community. We’re committed to training, upskilling and providing career opportunities for individuals with a strong work ethic. We have implemented a program whereby younger members of the community who work onsite after school hours are sponsored for their schooling, with the view to employ them full time after their education is completed.
Selong Selo’s SLOW Food Program is inspired by Sustainable Local Organic Wholesome, an international organisation that promotes the local production of food. In addition to the increase in quality of ‘near realtime food’ that goes from farm to table in a few hours, locally sourced food products also substantially reduces or eliminates the carbon footprint from transporting food. Currently we are planning an edible landscape by distributing fruit and vegetable plants around the property instead of using standard trees, bushes, and other plants. Selong Selo’s expanding gardens are fertilized with compost from the onsite kitchens and plant waste. These gardens will eventually produce organic vegetables that supply our food outlets. A longer-term goal is to work with local villages to implement sustainable farming and introduce new high value crops that we can purchase from them, replacing current crops such as tobacco.
Local Business Support
As investors, we are at the forefront of regional development in Selong Belanak. Our plan is to support growth of the local village community by assisting with local infrastructure projects, providing training and jobs to local people, and promoting the region as a wonderful holiday destination. We are exploring ways to provide financing for small companies of Lombok that are involved in sustainability‐related businesses. Examples of target businesses include solar PV installers, solid waste collection, and sustainable agriculture. In doing this, we place a high importance on protecting the things that drew us to Lombok in the first place – the simple uncrowded lifestyle, wonderful community culture, and the clean unspoiled beauty of the environment.
Zero Waste Programs
We are committed to no Selong Selo waste ending up on the beaches, roadsides or in the land-fill. Composting of food and plant waste on site already occurs and we intend to broaden the program to devise energy production from solid waste; and recycling of metals and glass.