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Sustainable Florida Standards

My “Spin” on Adapting them to the World of Living Assets

The Collins Center for Public Policy in Tallahassee has been doing some groundbreaking work “Devining Excellence for Florida’s Economic, Environmental, and Social Future”.

Here’s an overview of the six principles to be considered for adoption to get you on your way to becoming a sustainable organization:

  • State Your Values – Identify your principles and goals in a public statement
  • Be Involved – Make a commitment to citizen involvement, collaborative approaches, and community partnerships.
  • Promote Stewardship – Be a leader on environmental quality and resource conservation.
  • Meet People’s Needs – Promote opportunity, equity, and improved quality of life.
  • Manage for Sustainability – Adopt best management practices, systems and new technologies.
  • Generate a Fair Return – Sustain your program through productivity and efficiency.

So let’s say you manage a large campus landscape, you are a capatilist, and you’re also concerned about cost-effective approaches.  Here’s how it may look for you:

Tell everyone on your team that you value your Living Assets.
Obtain buy-in from your leadership, team members responsible for implementation, and all “stakeholders” (including users of the campus landscape).
Tell the story of the changes you are implementing to make your campus landscape truly sustainable (and less expensive to maintain).
Promote the fact that the campus will be even more enjoyable, because resources are now being optomized toward what matters, ensuring that your Living Assets thrive.
Continue using the Living Asset Management Program™ to ensure that the best practices are continually used, and new technologies are integrated into your landscape management program.
Do all this, and you will receive a great return on your investment.  You will increase productivity and efficiency, and you will realize significant labor savings.

That’s what I like so much about sustainability – it pays off!  Whether through energy savings, use of renewable resources, or reduced labor costs, there should be a way to improve your “bottom line”.  Look for it.  Consider what your organization is doing, why it is doing it, and how you can do it better.

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