Change Starts at the Top
The global entertainment giant Live Nation has an incredible goal of having zero waste in 20 of their 50 ampitheaters across the US by 2020.
A waste management study helped the company realize that their negative impact on the planet was unnecessary and significant. Currently six venues are managing and reducing waste.
Live Nation has dedicated staff who are responsible for coordinating sustainability efforts. These staffers work with vendors to make sure all food service ware is re-usable, compostable, or recyclable. They also work post-show, making sure all waste is sorted properly.
This is an excellent example of corporate responsibility.
THANK YOU LIVE NATION!!
Cleaning as Life
In Japan, cleaning is meditation. According to Shoukei Matsumoto, presiding monk in Tokyo's Komyoji Temple, cleaning is the art of cultivating the mind, not just removing dirt. In Zen practice, cleaning is a greater part of a monk's training then meditation. This is because "cleaning is as important as drinking water and eating food. It is part of life".
The Indian mystic Osho (1931-1990) has said "Work and relaxation are not contradictory...the more you put yourself into work the deeper you can go into relaxation. Work is valuable. It will bring humbleness and silence. People should feel that their work is something very special, and whatever work they do is respectable. "
The Value of Clean
Clean facilities are not just a cost. They generate revenue!
When it comes to restaurants, studies show that customers prefer cleanliness over value, speed, convenience or variety. While many patrons can forgive an "off night" in the kitchen, or occasional poor service, a dirty business is often a book judged by its cover. If a restroom or booth is grimy or dirty, it isn't hard to imagine what the kitchen must look like!
Cleanliness is the most important element in retail businesses as well. When deciding where to shop, customers rank a clean building over lighting, temperature, ambiance, and special events. Customers are more likely to return to a clean environment.
94% of people are likely to avoid a business in the future if they encounter a dirty restrooms.
A Clean Facility Impacts the Bottom Line!