Editorial: Going Green

POSTED: 02/5/15 8:48 PM

The Princess Heights boutique hotel is a classic example of how to do things right – one that goes far beyond the hospitality industry.

Wasteful behavior is rampant in the civil service and while the cabinet wants to put a policy in place to curb the waste of energy and resources (light, water, airco, telephone), Princess Heights general manager Emil Lee hit the nail on the head when he said that the easiest savings are the hardest to achieve because they require behavioral change.

As long as civil servants think that water and electricity are free at their work place, they will not be inclined to change their ways and that is an aspect the cabinet has to give some serious thought during the writing of its policy.

Unless the cabinet manages to instill the same enthusiasm for environmentally responsible behavior in its civil servants as Lee has instilled in his staff, it better revert to harsher measures: a stone-cold limit on cell phone minutes and a smart building system that controls temperature and lights in all government offices.

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