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Resort Conservation Model
Adopting specific solutions to conserve energy and water
Created:  Thursday, July 5, 2007
Updated:  Monday, March 24, 2008
Eco Hosts

The Institute for Eco-Tourism has created a Resort Conservation Model to help travel hosts and hospitality professionals move toward sustainability. A step-by-step, phased-in process can have excellent long-term results. Adopting specific solutions to conserve energy and water, reducing and recycling waste, and a host of other approaches makes sound economic sense. Going green is good! Good for the consumer of travel, good for resorts, B & Bs, hotels and motels. And good for the economy as more and more people are employed in the sustainable/green industries.
Here are some suggestions for moving from a conventional Travel Host to a green Eco Host:
Employee education and empowerment 
  • Clearly articulate company environmental goals and projects
  • Engage staff in discussions about going “green”
  • Create an employee eco-suggestion program
  • Offer incentives for managers and employees
  • Form Green Teams for each property
  • Environmental management training opportunities
  • Regular employee training
 Energy Efficiency
  • Install light switch reminders
  • Track and post energy usage, benchmarking
  • Retrofit lighting with low energy alternatives
  • Assess 24-hour lighting
  • Complete regular maintenance on HVAC systems
  • Install occupancy sensors to control light/AC/heat and TV
  • Install energy efficient washers and dryers
  • Use weather stripping to close air gaps around doors and windows
 Waste minimization 
  • Eliminate unneeded mailings
  • Encourage double sided copying
  • Donate half-used amenity bottles
  • Install air hand driers in staff washrooms
  • Implement a resort recycling program
  • Conduct a waste audit
  • Review portion control solutions: condiments, etc.
 Water conservation 
  • Track and post water usage, benchmarking
  • Implement an optional linen and towel reuse program
  • Detect and fix water leaks
  • Decrease water loss through evaporation
  • Use reclaimed water for landscaping
  • Phase in new low flow toilets
  • Phase in water conserving showerheads
 Environmental purchasing 
  • Restrict the use of harmful chemicals and pesticides
  • Phase in the use of citrus-based cleaning products
  • Buy recycled-content paper and office products 

Read the interview by IET Executive Director, Diane Dearmore: Green by Degrees  

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