By Ellen Shoults Batchelor, Head of Security
Many exciting changes are underway at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum! In addition to our new THPO office building and our Museum re-design, we are also going green. Very green!
Upgrading to Green
We are doing our part to help conserve the world’s resources. We have eliminated the use of paper plates, plastic silverware, paper cups, and regular cleaning products, and changed to LED lighting, automatic flush toilets, and more.
Staff members have been issued water bottles for daily, reusable use. Water coolers, water bottle fillers, and water fountains have been installed and strategically located throughout our facilities to serve both our staff and our visitors.
We have set up a composter to “feed” our garden, which we plant several times a year with the help of the Boys and Girls Club afterschool program. Traditional crops are planted which we hope one day will be large enough in volume to help with the nutritional needs of the Big Cypress community.
Saving the Planet is Now Our Culture
We are engaging our employees in our vision to save the planet. Creating efficiency goals, making it fun, and being inclusive is our focus. How can you measure our savings? How can our green mission enhance the Big Cypress community and better serve our customers? We will solicit ideas and input from our employees and hear suggestions from our visitors. Together, we can make a difference!
Hard Rock to Help ‘Save the Planet’ by Eliminating Plastic Straws
Hard Rock International (HRI) recently announced the goal to eliminate plastic straws at properties worldwide effective September 1, 2018, in addition to existing ‘green’ initiatives already in place at the Hard Rock Cafes/Hotels/Casinos globally. On top of the straw initiative, HRI transitioned to paper only to-go bags in mid-August.
One of Seminole Hard Rock’s founding mottos is to ‘Save the Planet’, and these recent initiatives are only an extension of the commitment they have made to do their part. Vendors and partners have been and will continue to be instrumental in activating their endeavors across the globe, and they are proud to help make a difference in conscientious sustainability practices as a business.
As leaders in gaming and hospitality, the iconic Hard Rock brand will be announcing more save the planet initiatives in the next few months, including partnerships with key charity partners that share the values of the business to help protect the earth’s natural resources and environment.
Human Energy Conservation
Healthy, energetic employees are more creative and productive. We hope to help keep our team healthy by creating a safe, non-toxic environment. We plan to serve sustainable brain food at meetings including: nuts, organic fruits and vegetables, and even dark chocolate– all which play a role in maintaining mental acuity!
Do you love the smell of a nice, clean office? Guess what: many of those familiar scents are toxic to your body and to the environment. Replacing window cleaners, dish and hand soaps, and bathroom cleaners with healthy alternatives is key to our green initiative. The benefits include improved health, increased clarity, a reduction in allergic reactions, and a healthier planet.
Sustainable development cannot be achieved by a single individual or enterprise. Everyone must participate. We will demonstrate our leadership and commitment to a healthy, safe future by joining the ranks of business leaders who make sustainable choices. We will prioritize partners and vendors who share this commitment.
We have expanded our journey to being green and will continue to add initiatives whenever we see an opportunity to improve and help do our part to making this a better, brighter, more responsible community.
We will continue to save our planet!