Marlon Brando Jr. was an American actor and film director. With a career spanning 60 years, he is regarded for his cultural influence on 20th-century film. Brando's Academy Award-winning performances include that of Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront and Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather.
The Brando is one of The Most luxurious eco-resorts on The Planet , nestling on an Atoll in The Middle of the Pacific Ocean . It's The Last place you might think to find pioneering technology. But you'd be surprised.
Formerly owned by Hollywood legend Marlon Brando , who was keen that it should become an ecological haven, it has now developed in to a hideaway for the Rich and famous seeking conscience-soothing holidays that do less harm to The Planet .Marlon Brando always wanted the Atoll to be an ecological preserve
While some have dismissed the resort as an "island for liberal elites" - Beyoncé and Barack Obama were recent guests - Current owner Richard Bailey claims it is close to becoming "carbon neutral and self-sustainable".
Electricity at The Complex , for example, is generated from solar panels and coconut oil biofuel, while waste water is used for sustainable irrigation.
And the resort's cooling system uses a "closed loop heat exchanger" that takes very cold sea water from 900m (2,950ft) below The Surface of the Pacific Ocean to cool the fresh water and air circulating round The Complex .
As the cooling system is powered largely by water pressure, it uses very little Energy .The Brando resort is nearly carbon-neutral, but guests still need to fly there in polluting planes
"It is often felt that sustainability is not compatible with the luxury end of the hospitality market, but The Brando proves it is possible," says Prof Graham Miller , who holds a chair in sustainability in business at the University of Surrey.
The well-heeled guests are unlikely to be bitten by mosquitoes either, due to a sterilisation programme that has slashed Tetiaroa 's mosquito population by at least 95%.Tetiaroa and surrounding atolls are a haven for wildlife
Similar initiatives, aimed at stamping out diseases such as Dengue and Zika, are underway in countries such as Australia, Colombia and China.
But few countries have enjoyed the same level of success as Tetiaroa , where mosquito levels are now so low "The Team is simply not catching any wild Females anymore", according to Frank Murphy , executive director of the Tetiaroa Society, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) involved in the sterilisation programme.Island Conservation used drones successfully in the Galapagos Islands to tackle invasive rats
Technology could help here, too.
"Tetiaroa is a more difficult environment, so it's a great opportunity to test The Drones further, and should help us to create a haven for endangered native Species , such as the Polynesian Ground-dove and the Tuamotu Sandpiper. "
Perhaps The Most futuristic project on Tetiaroa is The Island Digital Ecosystem Avatar, which uses light detection and ranging (Lidar) surveys to create a 3D model. Other data, about animals, plants, topography, and so on, will be incorporated, to create a model that could be used to predict how The Island might react in different scenarios, from flooding to the introduction of new Species .Could the tech innovations in such resorts encourage others to become more sustainable?
"The Lidar surveys give us a 3D representation of the physical contours of The Island , including the soils," says Tetiaroa Society scientific director Neil Davies - a senior fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science .Leonardo Dicaprio is also developing an eco-resort
For example, the Parkside Hotel & Spa in Canada, along with The Brando , is one of just a handful of resorts to attain the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum certification.
It has a 290 sq m (3,000 sq ft) vegetated roof, and uses ponds and storm water storage tanks as a heat sink for its air conditioning system.
But with tourism contributing around 8% to global greenhouse gas emissions, according to one recent paper published in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change , all resorts will need to become carbon neutral, not just those targeting The World 's Rich .