Boulder, Colorado based Ocean First Divers is the first organization certified to the STEP Dive Center Standard. Already an established leader in sustainable tourism, Ocean First utilized the STEP process to identify gaps in existing policies and plans to further develop a holistic sustainable management strategy based on sustainable business practices. Ocean First Divers’ journey highlights the ways that STEP can supplement existing efforts to further define and diversify sustainability programs and responsible travel options.
- Partnered with a local recycling and waste management company to undergo a waste audit and implement a zero waste plan
- Developed a strong tracking system and a baseline understanding of resource usage, to help develop consumption reduction targets
- Refined purchasing policy that gives preference to environmentally and socially superior products