Category Archives: Sustainability

The Management and Practice of Sustainability: Part 4

We now have the final overview of the research, covering selected versions of the sustainability assessment tools, sustainability plans and reporting, evaluation of service sustainability, interpretation of findings, conclusions, and finally a list of the reference from the research. Hopefully this might be of help to others and inspire them in their own quest for managing for sustainability. The range of sustainability assessment tools used by amenity departments are shown in the table below. Whilst there will be overlap for

The Management and Practice of Sustainability: Part 3

For part 3 I’ve pulled out some of the data analysis and evaluation of the research to give some insight. The research focused firstly on identifying what was used within the subject area and then investigated how ICTs were integrated within business processes to support sustainability performance measures. Amenity departments used a large number of different ICTs; some of these were distinctly more successfully used than others. The most successful were generally those technologies that have been well-established for over

Basic Principles of Greenkeeping – 2½ minute read

A brief outline of the Basic Principles of Greenkeeping & the Acid Theory “The game of golf is played on grass; firmer grass and soils are best for golf; a firmer, drier golf course may be a more sustainable golf course; and a green, lush golf course is not necessarily a great golf course.” (Zontek, 2010) Reflecting on and reinforcing the application of the ‘Basic Principles of Greenkeeping’ certainly puts greenkeepers on the path to sustainability; we only need see this on many

The Management and Practice of Sustainability: Part 2

The rise of ubiquitous sensor technology and artificial intelligent: A solution to sustainable management? Part 2: Here’s the next instalment from my Masters research from 2010 which covers elements of identifying the problem and knowledge at the time. Since then we have moved on from a technological perspective and with the subsequent rise of ubiquitous sensor technology, especially via smart phones and artificial intelligent, especially machine learning, the potential solution (or maybe pathway to a solution) to sustainable management can

The Management and Practice of Sustainability: Part 1

“Society is widely acknowledged as having many detrimental impacts on the planet; sustainability offers a pathway to mitigate these impacts.” This was the start of the abstract for my MSc research project back in 2009/10: Whilst we see the term ‘sustainability’ mentioned every day, I would have thought that by now society and my own industry would have been thoroughly engaged with the concept and would be implementing sustainable practices and management plans as a matter of routine. How wrong