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Event Report: Sustainable Hospitality, Tourism & Events

Kindly written by our work experience students from Ringmer College.

On a frosty morning delegates attended an event on sustainable hospitality, tourism and events, kindly hosted by the beautiful South Lodge Hotel near Horsham. The event was held as part of the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform.

Hospitality event 3The morning started with Kirsty Smallbone, from the University of Brighton speaking about environmental management, and standards such as ISO14001. She explained the internal and external benefits and barriers and outlined steps to implement a successful system.

Colleen Theron, Director at CLT Envirolaw followed, focussing on sustainable events and the relatively new standard ISO:20121 developed for the 2012 London Olympics. She asked, “Why consider sustainability?” with ideas from the audience including; it improves reputation, it can save money, it can increase staff engagement and moral.

Hospitality event 2Colleen continued to talk about the key elements of a sustainable event, and the need for management buy-in and allocation of resources.

Susie Howells, from Greenmetrics, spoke on how to get the best results from your environmental management system. She spoke about the importance of measuring results and engaging staff, as well as sharing success. Her presentation included a summary of handy ‘top tips’.

The final speaker David Connell, General Manager of South Lodge Hotel, what the hotel has done to become more sustainable without compromising on the 5 star experience offered to guests.

Hospitality event 1David has, with the help of his colleagues put a number of initiatives in place, including; creating a kitchen garden to produce food for the restaurant; sourcing other food and drink as locally as possible; installing a macerator to turn food waste into compost and using wood from trees on the estate in fire places.

South Lodge Hotel also have twenty chickens providing fresh eggs for guests, have rolled out of LED lighting throughout most of the hotel and fitted motion sensors in areas such as toilets and hallways.

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Presentations from the event can be downloaded here. Keep up to date with the latest Green Growth Platform events.

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