Highlighting Our Sustainability Commitment & Achievements
Recently, the Sustainability Council gathered for their quarterly meeting and underscored Guest Services’ commitment to green and sustainable initiatives. Here is a list of highlights from their discussion.
The Lodge at Wakulla Springs Community Presentation
Jesse Askew, General Manager at The Lodge at Wakulla Springs, was given the opportunity to present on the Lodge’s sustainability efforts for the Women’s Group of Tallahassee. Her presentation (which can be found here) details information on their environmental footprint, natural resource usage, waste production, energy usage, and many of the Guest Services strategies for maintaining green operations. The slides she created are an excellent template for other General Managers to build their own sustainability decks out. Awesome job, Jesse!
Sustainability Signage – Intranet Resources
Units can readily access and print materials that champion initiatives such as “cage-free eggs” and “skip the straw.” There is signage on the intranet as it relates to many of our sustainability initiatives. Go to Purchasing and scroll down to ‘Support Materials.’ Here, managers can print items for their unit!
Mt. Rainier Guest Services Team Eliminates Plastic Bag Usage
We’d like to extend our congratulations to the team at Mt. Rainier for successfully eliminating all plastic bags and instead offering a sustainable and branded bag option. The bags below are sold for $3.99 and are given to customers free of charge upon purchase of an item. They also have unit-specific facts about Mt. Rainier on the back! This is a great opportunity to be sustainable while also providing guests with fun memorabilia.
Culinary Innovations – Toward a Greener Menu
In collaboration with Guest Services executives, the culinary team is working on a review of all menus to ensure our commitment to plant base menu items. A representative from Mercy for Animals will be joining the Sustainability Council’s meeting next quarter to speak more about what our competitors are doing and how GSI can set ourselves apart.