The Castle Hill Fitness Green Team has been created to reduce the organization’s carbon footprint, power consumption, water usage and landfill waste. We review current sustainability practices, develop and implement Green initiatives, and generate materials to better educate our staff and members about the importance of being Green. We hope to convey to our community the importance individual action and responsibility for ownership of sustainable practices.
What is the story behind the Green Team?
In 2012, one of our members recommended that we look into Austin Green Business Leaders program that was just created by Office of Sustainability (http://austintexas.gov/department/austin-green-business-leaders). After reviewing the program and its requirements we joined at the Gold level. One of the program requirements was for us to have a Green Team, so one was formed and currently we have 11 members in our team consisting of employees and gym members.
Currently, Castle Hill is the only fitness club/gym that is recognized by the City of Austin as a Green Business Leader. The fitness center has many green initiatives to provide a healthy and resource efficient environment. We provide uncannily comfortable & clean air, high efficient commercial A/C systems, bio-degradable chemicals for all aspects of cleaning, and flicker-free electronic lighting w/full spectrum lamps. What differentiates Castle Hill Fitness from other businesses is our water efficiency program. Fitness centers consume a lot of water and finding ways for reductions isn’t always easy. By installing water efficient showerheads and faucets, we were able to save over 17,000 gallons of water per month compared to the year before.
Our recent faucets/shower heads upgrade reduced our water use by about 8%. This may not seem like a huge amount, but in our environment, that equates to 115,000 gallons per year of saved water.
Adding a canopy to the Outdoor Studio added much utility to the space, especially in hot summer months.
Composting and Recycling Initiatives
On September 23rd, 2015 we invited the City of Austin Resource Recovery department to give an educational seminar about the importance of composting and recycling. The free event helped dispel some preconceived perceptions on what can/cannot be recycled and the information was too good not to share. (Did you know bio-plastics – also labeled corn-cups or green cups are not recommended in compost bins?)
We currently offer recycling and composting around the facility. Below we have compiled our notes into three lists indicating what kinds of items go into the recycling bin, trash bin, and the compost bin.
Coffee cup lids
Paper coffee cups
Currently we are looking for members who would like to join the ranks of our Green Team to help us continue find different ways to minimize our impact on environment. If you are interested in joining our team, please email email@example.com