In order to provide MSIA members with some suggestions to get things moving, we’ve developed the following “Trail Map to Sustainability.” It is marked with the familiar symbols to indicate the level of difficulty. Green circle – easiest; blue square – more difficult; and black diamond – most difficult. It is up to you to choose the path that fits your business best.
- Contact your energy provider and inquire about a free energy audit
- Campaign to turn OFF computers/monitors/TVs as opposed to sleep mode
- Implement closing checklists to ensure lights and select appliances are being turned off each night
- Implement no idle policy for snowcats, maintenance vehicles
- Install motion sensors
- Install kitchen hood fan sensors
- Install programmable thermostats (and turn down a few degrees in the lodge, remember your guests are wearing snow pants!)
- Replace doors/seals, window caulking, etc.
- Switch to LED lighting
- Convert to High Efficiency appliances
- Install High Efficiency Snowmaking; xx” pipe
- Install electric car charging station (https://www.tesla.com/charging-partners#apply)
- Install solar panels
- Be conscious of water waste (turn faucets off!)
- Proper drainage
- Restaurants: Offer glasses of water upon request
- Plant landscaping to absorb water runoff
- Install efficient flush/urinal boxes
- Lodging: install signs in guest rooms regarding water use (turning sinks off while you brush teeth/shave); reusing towels, etc.
Case study on the most impactful wording for signage: https://www.fastcompany.com/3037679/read-about-how-hotels-get-you-to-reuse-towels-everyones-doing-it
- Discontinue use of harsh cleaning chemicals
- Installation of an oil/water separator
- Install water bottle refill station
- Install waterless urinals
- Properly dispose of hazardous materials (batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, oil, chemicals, etc.). Check with your waste/recycle hauler for Hazmat drop off days, City Hall, Home Depot, Lowes, etc.
- Adjust printer setting default to printing two sided
- For cash registers, printed receipts only available upon request
- Only offer straws/lids upon request
- Discontinue use of polystyrene (styrofoam)
- Discontinue use of K-cups (or purchase compostable type)
- Discontinue use of plastic bags
- Retail: incentivize customers for bringing their own bag
- Collect plastic bags (from retail shops/Food and Beverage products) and drop off at plastic bag recycling area (most grocery stores in Michigan participate)
- Work with local food pantry/farm for immediate use of food reaching end of life
- Switch to reusable products (rather than disposable), hot dog/fry boats, sauce cups, silverware, etc.
- Switch to recycled products (toilet paper, paper towel, etc.)
- Purchase recyclable/compostable products (utensils, carry out, etc.)
- Purchase locally sourced foods
- Implement recycling program
- Install a cardboard baler (I thought Steve mentioned a company that would do this for free? If so would be good to include link).
- Implement composting program
List of Michigan EGLE registered composting facilities: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/DEQ-WHMD-List_Registered_Compost_Sites_230193_7.pdf
- Install hand dryers (to replace paper, or if composting available, shift to compostable paper towels)