Making your martial arts school green is a good financial decision. Aside from saving money, you will have a boost in your reputation as a school owner who cares for the environment. Come to think of it, it would be ironic to be a martial artist and not care for the environment. Nature has given martial artists countless sources of inspiration for moves, strikes, and even philosophies.
Making your school green will really help the environment. If you are really serious in lessening your schoolâ€™s contribution to pollution, then you must follow the 3 Râ€™s: Reduce, reuse, and recycle. It will also be a good opportunity to partner up with your competitors and fellow entrepreneurs. Heed their advice on what they do to make their school environment friendly. If you donâ€™t know where to start, here are some guidelines on how to be a green company.
Green is Also the Color of Money
Even though you are now taking steps on caring for the environment, you should still remember that your school should maintain its profits. Always be competitive with your green and non-green competitors. Design your products and services to be more eco-friendly, but they should still remain appealing. Always read up on new laws about businesses and the environment. If youâ€™re not too confident, you can always go slow and try a few good ideas before going all in. If youâ€™re thinking of investing money by buying â€œgreen technologyâ€, put effort in research and checking if what youâ€™re buying will really help your school.
Be Proud of Your Green Reputation and Make it Grow
Once youâ€™ve established your status as a green school. Own it and donâ€™t be afraid to tell people that you care for the environment. Announce it on school gatherings, competitions, and ceremonies. Every now and then, improve on what youâ€™ve done so far and if possible, go the extra mile.
Being green also needs strategy as you will incorporate new ways of doing your business. Measure your carbon footprint and aim for a goal. Maybe a lower carbon footprint by the end of the year? What about the next two years, or the future? Look at your martial arts school now then imagine your school in the future. What will be the tools and resources now that can help you reach your goals? Read up on books that teach people how to strategize with a green mind-set.
Being greener is not a onetime deal. Itâ€™s a continuous process of trial and error, further learning, admitting mistakes, and making reforms. Youâ€™re not alone in this fight. Teach your students on how to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Teach them the value of the environment, its importance to martial arts, and their role on how to make their own future brighter.