With the Thompson Okanagan Region now certified as a Sustainable Tourism Destination through Biosphere, we have a requirement to measure how our region is doing when it comes to certain aspects of sustainability. 

Thank you for taking this 3-minute survey to help the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association better understand where we are doing well as a region and where we can work to support more sustainable business practices. 

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* 1. Indicate your type of business or activities your business offers:

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* 2. What region are you in?

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* 3. # of Employees?

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* 4. What percentage of the food and beverages you serve comes from sustainable sources? Sustainable sources can be defined as Certified Organic, Biodynamic, Ocean Wise, Fair Trade, etc.

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* 5. What is the gender of your general manager or equivalent position?

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* 6. Has your business taken any actions to reduce your water consumption? These measures could include low flush toilets, low flow showerheads, faucet aeraotors, Water Smart appliances, low flow spray valves, drip irrigation, rain water harvesting, etc.

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* 7. Does your business use any recycled water, i.e. using grey water for irrigation or flushing toilets

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* 8. Has your business taken any actions to reduce your energy consumption? These measures could include replacing incandescent lighting with CFLs or LEDs, installing sensors or automated controls for lighting and/or HVAC systems, Energy Star appliances, high efficiency boilers, heat recovery system, passive heating and cooling design, renewable energy such as geothermal, solar thermal, solar pv, creating and following an energy management plan, etc.

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* 9. Has your business taken steps to ensure that your facilities are accessible to persons with mobility challenges?

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* 10. Do you participate in any recognized accessibility information programs?

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* 11. Does your business separate and divert any of the following waste streams from your garbage that is sent to the landfill?

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* 12. Has your business participated in any programs or taken any actions to manage and reduce your contribution to climate change? These could include measuring your carbon footprint, purchasing carbon offsets or reducing natural gas or fuel consumption.

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* 13. Does your tourism business actively support the protection, conservation and management of biodiversity and local sensitive areas? This could include volunteering for local stream/shoreline cleanups, tree planting, donating funds to local conservation programs, guest education about how to behave in natural areas, etc.

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* 14. Does your business currently participate in any volunteer sustainability certification, labeling or recognition program, such as Biosphere, Green Tourism, Green Key, Green Leader, ecobase Certified, Certified Organic, Biodynamic, Salmon Safe, Do Some Good, etc?

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* 15. Would you like to receive more information about TOTA’s Biosphere Initiative and how you can get involved? If so, please provided your name, business name, email address and phone number in the comment box below. 

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