TAKING ACTION ON THE ENVIRONMENT
Now that you understand the economic and environmental numbers, have learned about environmental design and operation, have developed an environmental management system, and have conducted an environmental audit, it is time to begin steps to lower your hotel's environmental impacts. In this final section, you will develop an Action Plan with objectives, measurable targets, responsible departments, and timelines.
An Action Plan gives you an opportunity to examine all the environmental impacts and costs together simultaneously allowing for an effective comparison of each. This allows for efficient decision-making and prioritizing of action items.
It is important to identify the environmental and economic cost (current, remediation, and life-cycle) of each environmental impact or issue. Once this data is assembled and a budget is determined, prioritization of each item is done.
- Identify impact or cost
- Determine current, remediation, and life cycle cost and savings
- Determine short, medium, and long term budgets
- Prioritize items to the Action Plan
- Establish goals and targets
- Develop a timeline for adoption or implementation
- Take action on goals and targets
- Measure success at meeting goals and targets
- Determine why, if goals and targets not met
- Set new goals and targets
Figure 1: The 4 main steps in an action plan on the environment. Plan, Do, Check (Audit), Action (Review).
Download the form below and use as a template to develop your Action Plan. Combine the objectives and targets with design and operation elements by using the "add to checklist" tool.