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Green Office Week 2012: Day Five, Innovation

Posted on 18 May 2012

The final day of Green Office Week is all about Innovation, which is key to being green as it is an ongoing process that requires constant attention, thought and action

In a bid to address climate change and reduce our impact on the environment, we introduced our green policy, ‘Striving to be Green’ in 2008 and established an in-house Green Team, which includes a representative from each department, who meet regularly to discuss new ideas.

A number of initiatives have already been implemented which have helped to save energy, manage natural resources and cut overhead costs, which as a charity, is key to our sustainability.

In recent years we have been converting all lighting in the building to low energy alternatives and our hard work is already paying off as we’ve seen a 150,000 kwh reduction in energy consumption in the last year, saving the theatre £8,000 and more importantly, reducing our CO2 impact.

A recent report undertaken by the Chamber of Commerce’s Carbon Trust for the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry has commended the steps the venue has taken to reduce energy consumption and to implement a robust environmental policy.

The Belgrade’s Executive Director Joanna Reid said she was initially spurred into action by Al Gore’s climate change film An Inconvenient Truth. She added: “The Belgrade is a ‘can do’ organisation and we have always been good at stretching financial resources as far as they can go so that we can produce more plays, so it was a small step to take this attitude and apply it to striving to be greener. When I suggested the formation of the Green Team I had instant support from all departments as everyone wants to do something about this huge challenge. The staff continue to bring creativity and enthusiasm to the work of further reducing our impact on the environment.”

To find out more about our Striving to be Green Policy check out the environmental section of our website and an overview of the weeks topics, which have included Energy, Transport, Waste and Purchasing can be found in the News & Blogs section.

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