May 25, 2011 Leave a comment
“The ‘Act On’ campaign really helped to focus everyone’s attention on particular themes where we wanted to review and improve our sustainability,” said Naomi Jones, who led activities. “We also set key actions for each day of the week which really got the whole office involved.”
Monday – Act on Energy: we focussed on using less energy and resources by turning off equipment not in use, thinking before printing and we also set up a recycled plastic bag area to encourage staff to take a bag with them to the shops!
Tuesday – Act on Transport: with Studio car sharing and most of the office walking to the shops on their lunch break our Carbon footprint was reduced.
Wednesday – Act on Waste: we reviewed our recycling processes and ensured that everyone was clear on what can and can’t be recycled. New larger, marked bins were put in place and each department was involved in the changeover. We have reduced our waste and increased our recycling as a result of these changes!
Thursday – Act on Purchasing: everyone was encouraged to suggest ways to reduce our purchasing, helping the environment and saving costs. These ideas will be reviewed by our Operations Manager and implemented in the coming weeks.
Friday – Act on Opportunity day: we blogged and tweeted our efforts throughout the week, this was time to promote what we had achieved. Our first Sustainable Employee (Nicki Della Porta, Business Director) was awarded for her green efforts at work and home!
The Week was a fantastic opportunity to work collectively to improve our green credentials and the processes put in place will continue throughout the year. Thank you to all our wonderful staff for taking part!
Naomi – dbda, Nationwide Education