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A Resort Conservation Model
Reduce Operating Costs - Increase Market Share - Sustain the Environment
Created:  Thursday, July 5, 2007
Updated:  Tuesday, April 22, 2008

  Green is a conscious way of being

 How GREEN are YOU checklist. N Arizona Green Introduction and Form Utilization Guide

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

Green By Degrees click here to read the article
For years most of us have taken our environment and our interaction with the natural world for granted. As we become more aware of the intricate interrelatedness of our actions and consequences in the natural world we may begin to think about acting differently. Change comes slowly as old habits are hard to break. Once the decision is made to become more conscious about our unconscious behavior change begins. We move from “I don’t know what I don’t know” to “I now know what I didn’t know before”.

Green is a conscious way of being. You can go green by degree. When does that start? The moment you make choices that move toward environmental sustainability you have gotten on the green bandwagon. Every decision you make can broaden and deepen your commitment to live a green and sustainable lifestyle. That’s true whether you are an individual or a large corporation.

One concrete example of a behavioral shift resulting in enormous change is as simple as changing a light bulb. And this is no joke! According to the Environmental protection agency, if every American household replaced one of its current lights with a compact florescent light bulb (CLF), the energy saved could light more than 2.5 million homes for a year and prevent greenhouse gasses equivalent to the emissions of nearly 800,000 cars!

 

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.
 
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