British Holiday and Home Parks Association, David Bellamy Conservations Awards

British Holiday and Home Parks Association, David Bellamy Conservations Awards

Sustainability

Sustainability

Sustainability is today’s buzzword, but what does it mean for your park? Put simply it means reducing your park’s environmental impact (or ‘footprint’) by using less energy, water and other resources, producing less waste and buying products and services that are less environmentally destructive. The exciting thing is that this creates many opportunities for reducing your utility bills and improving your standing with your customers and your local community.

One thing to keep in mind from the start is that it is good to know how many resources your business is using. Monitoring your performance (whether it’s the amount of energy you are using, the amount of water you flush away or the amount of rubbish you recycle) is vital if you are to know whether all your hard work is paying off. One organisation that provides help for parks keen to monitor their performance and compare themselves to others in the industry is VISIT (Voluntary Initiatives for Sustainability in Tourism). VISIT has set up a website-based tool called Tourbench. This is a good way of determining the environmental impact of your business over a period of years. To use it you have to input your company's consumption of (and costs for) energy, water, chemicals and waste production. See www.tourbench.info for details.