Using the Information Provided by an Effective Sustainability Dashboard System
Once data has been inputted into the dashboard system, building owners and managers can use these systems to compare, say, past and current electricity usage and related costs. And, for KPI (key performance indicators) purposes, also track their progress toward reducing that consumption and its expense.
Additionally, an effective dashboard system allows users to do the following:
- View current data. Using dashboards, owners and managers can access the most recent stats regarding resource consumption and related data. Some web-based systems provide this information graphically, numerically, as well as in detailed printed reports. Having up-to-date information allows owners and managers to see current trends and needs and to react sooner.
- Track and monitor costs. Dashboard systems allow building owners and managers to track many of their operating costs in great detail. If costs in a specific metric—water consumption, for instance—increases dramatically on a month-to-month basis, owners and managers now have this information and can take steps to determine why it is happening and where there might be a problem, and then take steps to address it.
- Provide environmental focus for staff. Using consumption information, building owners/managers trying to reduce their property’s environmental footprint can focus on those areas where problems can be addressed quickly, as well as make plans to address those areas that might take more time. Never underestimate the value of your staff when it comes to sustainability. They can become your “sustainability warriors.” They often have firsthand knowledge of how the property operates and can see quickly ways in which to cut consumption.
- Create a culture of sustainability. Many facilities are now using dashboard information to create what is referred to as a “culture of sustainability.” Such a culture means that all casino staff members—and even vendors servicing the property—are focused on the many ways in which they can personally reduce property consumption and costs.
Compare data. Let’s say you have two or more comparable properties. Dashboard systems can be used to compare multiple properties of the same size and use, by means of the data collected from the dashboard data for each property (In some cases, one dashboard system can be used for multiple properties). Why is, for example, property A using so much more water and electricity than property B? With the necessary data in hand, steps can be taken to answer this question and institute corrective measures.