The gold accreditation acknowledges that extensive measures have been put in place to fully embrace environmentally friendly events. Areas such as energy and water conservation, waste management and recycling, catering and corporate and social responsibility were assessed as part of the process.
Becky Rossiter, Commercial Operations Manager at Oxford Brookes Venues, said: “It is fantastic to be awarded the gold accreditation for how we operate at Oxford Brookes Venues. The events industry can cause considerable waste and impact on the environment so it’s vital that we acknowledge and address our responsibilities. Event organisers and attendees are making more conscious decisions to minimise their environmental impact. We want to encourage sustainable events by providing environmentally friendly venues and supporting organisers with green event practices.”
Committed to sustainability
Oxford Brookes University has a strong commitment to sustainability, recently pledging its support for the Zero Carbon Oxford Charter to help the city achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040. Its Environmental Sustainability Team helps to embed good practice across the University’s operations, teaching, research and facilities.
Michele Morley, Environmental Sustainability Manager at Oxford Brookes University, said: “It’s great to see a joined-up approach to environmental sustainability through our operations and the venues team. Achieving the gold accreditation is a great accolade, and we’ll be continuing to work together to develop even more sustainable practices in our events.”
Find out more about sustainability at Oxford Brookes Venues.
Oxford Brookes Venues
Oxford Brookes Venues offers a range of contemporary and flexible venue spaces, from stunning dining experiences to modern meeting rooms and lecture theatres able to seat up to 476 attendees. Rooms are equipped with the latest audio-visual facilities and all bookings have the option of support by an in-house technical team. Oxford Brookes Venues unique event spaces are set within an award-winning modern campus just 1.5 miles from the centre of Oxford.
Greengage Solutions provide advice on strategy and positive practical steps that help protect the environment within a commercial framework.
ECOsmart is designed to recognise hotels and venues that can demonstrate eco-friendly credentials through the ECOsmart evaluation. Official accreditation adds credibility to sustainability initiatives and identifies any gaps, enabling improvements to be prioritised.