Energy Management preserves our precious energy resources and makes good fiscal sense. The ROI for energy management improvements is captured fairly soon. Areas to consider are interior lighting changes to efficient bulbs, set-back thermostats, exit sign lightings, occupancy sensors in non life-safety sensitive areas, preventive maintenance programs, upgrade vent hoods, power factor penalties, parking lot interior and exterior lighting changes.
Water Management begins with a careful analysis of water consumption leading to a Roadmap for the reduction and reuse of water in the hotel/resort/island and restaurant. Best practices include a preventive maintenance program for early detection of leaks, replacing nozzles and shower heads with low flow nozzles, the use of water efficient equipment and irrigation practices that reuse water. Without water that is fit to drink, a community can’t exist.
Waste Management: Waste is a term for all materials produced by human activity whether is it solid, liquid, gaseous or radioactive. How hotels manage their waste is at the heart of their environmental program. While delaying the rate of consumption of natural resources is optimal, once materials are used a hotel should have their own best practice on their reuse and recycling, implementing these practices in front, heart, and back-of-house. In addition, a Hazardous Waste Recycling Program (fluorescent bulbs, batteries, lighting ballasts, computers, paint, etc.) will require careful consideration and should be decided upon in conjunction with local, state and federal laws.
Waste Water Management promotes effective and responsible water use, treatment, and disposal to protect our nation’s watersheds. Wastewater is a product of stormwater and hotel water use that has accumulated debris, chemicals and sediments. Wastewater causes problems when the runoff does not percolate into the ground and/or flows over hard surfaces and discharges into oceans and other waterways. Best practices include preventing debris, toxic chemicals and liquids from entering storm drains and clearly marking Storm Water drains with something as simple as Think Before You Dump or Drains Into The Sea.
Indoor air quality is a hot topic for hotels as guests spend the majority of their time inside. The EPA has found that indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air. How a hotel maintain’s its facilities can minimize those concerns by improving indoor air quality & stopping pollutants at the source. Best practices include monitoring hotel air quality, inspection of HVAC, moisture control, a preventive maintenance/leak detection plan, use air purifiers/hepa filters, responsible “green” purchasing of chemicals and building materials. Outdoor air quality best practices include providing information and incentives to colleagues and guests for using alternative forms of transportation.
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