Communication and Education (PDF): Two of the most important parts of any environmental plan are the communication and education components. The communication component clearly relays to guests, employees, vendors, suppliers and contractors the facility’s commitment to environmental protection. However, as important as the communication of environmental practices and achievements is, the only way to enact sustainable change is to provide some level of education to these groups.
Waste Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (PDF): Florida’s tourism industry serves an estimated 98.9 million visitors annually. More than 50 percent of these visitors are hotel guests during some portion of their stay. The waste generated by these guests constitutes a large portion of the state’s commercial waste stream. A hotel waste audit showed that the majority of waste in a hotel is not produced in guest rooms, but in the food and beverage department. If a hotel’s waste is not reduced or recycled, it contributes to the state’s overall environmental problems.
Energy Efficiency (PDF): Energy savings means cost savings. Energy is a controllable cost, and many organizations are realizing the cost-benefits of energy reduction. Hotel energy costs can consume from 4 to 7 percent of a property's revenue, which for many properties is more than their profit margin.
Indoor Air Quality (PDF): Over the past few decades, clean air practices have become increasingly important in progressive hotel management. These changes have not only led to an increase in energy efficiency and reduced exposure to health-related liabilities but have also created positive impacts on the bottom line and higher employee and guest satisfaction.
Transportation (PDF): At first glance, transportation issues may not appear to be pertinent to the day-to-day operations of a lodging facility; however, guests, staff, suppliers, vendors and contractors all use some type of transportation to arrive at their destination and during their stay. During these travels, not only are vital resources consumed, but numerous air pollutants are released during each mile that is traveled. Many visitors to Florida arrive by automobile or use some form of automobile transportation during their trip, whether it is a day trip to the beach or a drive from one location to another in our beautiful state. On an average day, more than 44,000 automobiles enter Florida just through the I-95 and I-75 corridors.
Stormwater Pollution Prevention (PDF): Stormwater can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants and flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a lake, stream, river, wetland or coastal water. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is eventually discharged into the groundwater or waterbodies we use for swimming, fishing and providing drinking water.
May 12, 2017 - 4:03pm
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