8 TIPS FOR BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE ECO-BUSINESS?
you thinking of going green? Developing an eco-resort or an alternative business with a focus on conservation, the environment, sustainability and maintaining ecofriendly practices is a noble goal.
Just as you imagine, building an eco-business requires research, planning and hard work.
Here’s eight lessons we at Ceningan divers have learned while transforming our legacy infrastructures into an eco-resort.
This is where most of us get stuck. We may subscribe to green-ideologies, but we’re unsure about how to move forward as we have not yet taken that step to turn our ideas into a reality
Gradually you commit to becoming an eco-business, you read about successful case studies and you aspire to follow these principles and turn your intent into action. There are plenty of resources for you to tap out there
Look for someone who has “been there and done that”. Put the word out that you are looking for a mentor – someone willing to lend a hand to assist you in realising your goals. There is no substitute for experience. Learn from their mistakes and their success stories You realise that others have already achieved similar goals and you seek their help and expertise. There is no need to reinvent the wheel: There are amazing success stories out there. Reach out to the community at large and you will be amazed by the support that you will receive
The hardest step. There are so many ideas and projects, so many great examples to follow. Which project should you adopt first? You need to be smart in your allocation of resources. Turning your ideas into a reality will need to be planned properly if you wish to develop a sustainable action plan
Where will you allocate your resources and time? What are your priorities and what will reduce the impact of your business on the local community? Once you have identified your problem areas, you can take action to resolve each of them accordingly You have committed your energy and are running with your action plan. That could mean upgrading old facilities or building new ones following the latest sustainability standards – there are various options for you to take
Once you have all your ducks lined up, you need to maintain these new facilities and systems. Allocating resources to ensure they will remain sustainable is something that will require ongoing commitment: Staff training, community outreach and other continuity action plans will need to be set up