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Best Practice Case Studies from the Gatwick Diamond
Crawley Borough Council sponsored the 2014 Gatwick Diamond Green Business of the Year Award, and were delighted to report a high standard of applications from both businesses improving the resource efficiency of their own premises and those offering environmentally friendly products and services.
Raven Housing Trust is systematically addressing energy and water use throughout its properties. It has installed loft and cavity wall insulation in over 1,000 homes, spray taps and low-flow shower heads in 600 properties and solar PV on a number of buildings. The trust also recognises the tenant’s key role in energy management and runs a very successful, active support programme.
The University of Brighton, who won the award, have focused on improving the efficiency of their campus and engaging its users. 132 solar PV panels have been installed on the Cockcroft Building, reducing CO2 emissions by 18 tonnes, and despite a £107,000 price tag, a new data centre at the Watts Building is expected to pay for itself in energy savings in just 1.5 years. In both buildings rainwater harvesting has been installed to provide water to flush the toilets.
c-change, the university’s creative engagement programme, has also been a great success, with over 5,158 staff and students getting involved.
The Grand Hotel in Brighton is addressing sustainability across all its services, particularly in energy management, waste and local sourcing of food and drink. They closely monitor utility consumption to identify opportunities for improvement and pro-actively engage employees with environmental initiatives. The hotel has achieved the Gold Standard from the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
Sony DADC has had a proactive environmental strategy in place since the early 1990s. As an industrial production site their facilities management team have an impressive level of knowledge and experience in energy management. They have also used their ISO 14001 Environmental Management System to identify, plan and implement initiatives resulting in considerable waste and water savings.
Southern Railway has installed a range of measures across its network. Voltage optimisation at their Brighton depot reduced energy use by 7%, 42 solar PV panels at Croydon Station power CCTV and lighting systems and rainwater harvesting in Uckfield provides water to flush the station toilets. The company have an excellent programme involving staff with environmental issues, developing their skills and knowledge and embedding these within the organisation. It is currently targeting biodiversity improvements.
Environmental products and services
GlassEco produces high quality, bespoke bathroom and kitchen surfaces and surrounds from crushed waste glass. The company minimises use of non-sustainable materials and water and encourages this practice in its supply chain. Its products have attracted high profile customers such as the National Trust.
Lettuce Flowers creates beautiful growing displays of edible flowers and herbs for corporate conferences, weddings and individuals. Their innovative approach encourages environmental awareness and helps minimise waste.
TEK Express provides an efficient business service repairing and reconfiguring laptops, phones and tablets, giving a second life to equipment and materials that would otherwise be thrown away.
Cleankill is a pest control company that takes professional pride in using leading technologies and imaginative techniques that prevent pest problems arising and avoid environmental impact and harm to life where possible.
Green Mop, who won the 2013 award, is a small, forward-thinking cleaning company serving commercial sites. In contrast with so much of their industry, they demonstrate the highest level of environmentally-sensitive resourcing, ethical staff practices and high standards.