Pursue 100% FSC-Certified Paper Products in On-Property Operations

The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC), an independent, non-government organization dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests, certifies certain sustainably-sourced or produced paper products.

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Ask your suppliers about FSC-certified products. Some hotel brands (e.g., Marriott Int'l) offer brand-standard, FSC-certified products (e.g., Kimberly-Clark) via procurement partners (e.g. Avendra). Visit www.fsc.org to learn more.

Life On Land

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Transition to Paperless Guest Administration

100% paperless guest folios, payment, signature and ID collection, and guest experience commentary is supported by many property management systems' built-in tools (e.g., Maestro), which saves paper and related expenses.

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Avoid the habit of printing paper guest folios at both check-in and check-out (or sliding a copy under a door), or train staff to only provide hard copies upon request rather than as part of automatic protocol.

Responsible Consumption & Production

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Opt for Xeriscaping of Property Entry and Grounds

Xeriscaping is a set of water-conscious landscaping practices that reduces hotel water use by embracing regionally-appropriate low-water plants, mulches, and ground coverings well-suited to a local climate.

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Local landscapers or nurseries can provide guidance on mixtures of plants that (i) provide year-round beauty, (ii) limit water use, and (iii) require little maintenance. You can also start by reviewing Ecolodgical's downloads.

Clean Water & Sanitation

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Replace Urinals with Waterless Units

Waterless urinals help hotels reduce commercial water and sewer charges, avoid costly leaks and maintenance emergencies, and provide a hygienic, quiet, and touch-free guest experience.

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In addition to speaking to your property's engineers or asset managers and reviewing any related guest comments, start with Ecolodgical's downloadable resources for detailed information, including our ROI model.

Clean Water & Sanitation

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Install Strip Curtains on Walk-In Freezers and Coolers

Plastic strip curtains on doors of walk-in freezers or coolers save energy by mitigating warm air entry while unit doors are open (which can increase temperatures by 0.5⁰C / second), extend mechanical unit life, and help food stay cold.

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Many local restaurant supply companies provide these units for < $100. Simple installation can be done via in-house labor. These are especially effective if kitchen staff props doors open during deliveries / high-volume periods.

Affordable & Clean Energy

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Curated Materials

In 2020, we reviewed materials from 200+ organizations.  We want to shed light on the best ones we found.

 

Our goal was to find materials that supported actionable, relevant, and well-researched solutions.  We reviewed guides, toolkits, fact sheets, manuals, videos, etc. from 200+ (and counting) various entities, including government agencies, local jurisdictions, private companies, building operations consultants, sustainability research groups, national and international tourism organizations, non-profits, and engineering practitioners.  We feel the resources listed below are among the best free materials available anywhere online given their level of detail and ability to create momentum on your projects.

 

Find one you think we're missing?  Please feel free to contact us.

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» Hotel Kitchen [link + description]

» US EPA WaterSense [link + description]

» Foodprint Group [link + description]

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» American Electric Power [link + description]

» SWACO [link + description]

» Columbia Gas [link + description]

» GreenSpot Columbus [link + description]

» Columbus Utility Benchmarking [link + description]

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