Green accreditation for Lancaster Uni conference facilities

30 March 2023

Lancaster University Conferences and Events+ has been awarded with the ECOsmart Platinum Accreditation.

The ECOsmart scheme by Greengage recognises eco-friendly hotels and conference venues where facilities and services meet high standards of sustainability.

ECOsmart examines sustainability practice and process in seven key areas; energy and water conservation, waste management, recycling and plastics, rooms, consumables and facilities management, sustainable food & beverage management and corporate & social responsibility.

The platinum accreditation highlighted many great initiatives that Lancaster University Conferences and Events+ have in place to support sustainability practices having received an 85% score for their sustainability evaluation. Lancaster University Conferences and Events+ have put in place sustainability practises across the seven key areas to ensure sustainability is at the forefront of what they do.

This includes;

  • Implementation of an Energy Management System (EMS)
  • Motion sensitive lighting to help with energy conservation
  • Installation of green roofs and walls providing insulation, CO2 absorption, sound deadening, and a way of supporting local bio-diversity
  • Provision of locally-sourced food helping to reduce food miles
  • Drinking water filtered onsite
  • Innovation to reduce the need for paper
  • Greener delegate commuting scheme and green meeting package
  • The creative use of green areas to offer tree planting team activities

Ros Wilkinson, Lancaster University’s Head of Conferences and Hospitality said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive the EcoSmart Greengage Platinum Award. We work hard to limit the impact that we could have on the environment across our venues and our food, drink and guest room provision. We have strong sustainability policies in place to ensure we consistently work to improve on everything we do. This work is in collaboration with colleagues from departments across our beautiful campus and the hard work that is carried out.”

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