Questions and Answers on Going Green and the Green Tourism Business Scheme
What is Going Green?
Going Green is a list of ideas to help Scottish businesses work in a way that is conscious of the environment, available on this website, free of charge.
It is designed to help businesses work more sustainably and, if they choose, to work towards achieving an award under the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
Why has Going Green been developed?
It is on offer to provide practical support to businesses and to overcome any
Going Green was developed to help businesses see the benefits of working more sustainably. It is a stepping stone approach to help operators begin along the green path, and see for themselves that it is not difficult or costly and will save them money.
What are the differences between Going Green and The Green Tourism Business Scheme?
Going Green is a business development tool – it is designed to motivate you by seeing how easy it is to take a few measures that will make you work more efficiently. It is to whet your appetite and prompt you to do more over a two year period. It can be used as a stepping stone to participation in the Green Tourism Business Scheme, preparing you for an assessment based on what you have achieved. It is a free of charge helping hand to getting proper recognition under Scotland’s well established green scheme.
The Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) is the largest scheme of its kind in Europe. Joining GTBS involves a fee, and an on site assessment every second year to rate your efforts to work in a sustainable way. GTBS assessors report that at every visit, they are able to give recommendations to proprietors of how to make small (or larger if required) adjustments to save more money. Assessors are highly trained in giving hands-on advice.
GTBS businesses will get a plaque and certificate and all important promotion of the award to consumers, in VisitScotland brochures and visitscotland.com. GTBS is proof of your green credentials after a proper on-site accreditation whilst Going Green is a sign of your good intentions, is non-verified, and so has no VisitScotland promotion to visitors.
What are the benefits of participating in GTBS?
Do you have to join the GTBS after taking part in