As we move deeper into April, we have Earth Day on our minds (be sure to mark your calendars for April 22nd). While sustainability is a common theme for our weekly blog polls, we wanted to take the time to look back on some other important questions posed in recent months.
It’s undeniable that facilities managers across each of our main sectors – hospitality, government and higher education – are working hard to implement green programs, processes and products. However, it is also undeniable that there is ample room left for improvement.
So, we asked our loyal readers two questions. The first was: Do you feel that hotels need to increase the number of sustainable establishments available to guests?
In an industry with an expansive, worldwide presence and massive energy output, sustainability in every sense of the word is imperative. And with new green ratings on sites such as TripAdvisor, guests are more attuned to green accolades now than ever before.
We also had the same question for the higher education sector: Do you feel that colleges need to increase the number of sustainable housing options available to students?
While one-third of respondents felt that the industry is currently doing its fair share of environmental perseveration, the remaining two-thirds stated that university housing and facility staff needs to be more proactive in implementing eco-friendly best practices.
In the higher education sphere, awareness and action have the potential to do more good than any other. College campuses are full of young adults ready and willing to learn and create life-long habits. By creating a living and learning environment in which sustainability is integral, these campuses are ensuring a greener future.