New Charter Group awarded double silver for being green
Sunday 18th December 2016 08:13 Ashton Business News Posted by Adam Higgins

New Charter Group has been awarded a silver award at the first ever Carbon Literate Organisation Awards which were hosted on the set of Coronation Street in Nick’s Bistro.

The award comes just a couple of weeks after New Charter was awarded silver SHIFT (Sustainable Homes Index for Tomorrow) accreditation for demonstrating its commitment to providing sustainable, low emission and energy efficient homes.

The latest awards were organised by the Carbon Literacy Project to recognise organisations that have gone to significant lengths to support their employees to become ‘carbon literate’ and take measures to reduce their carbon footprint.

Measures that New Charter has taken to contribute to the silver award include providing ‘Going Greener’ training sessions to everyone in the business, educating them about the effects of carbon and climate change, as well as getting everyone to make personal pledges to reduce their footprints.

Pledges included changing travel habits, using less paper, and ensuring that computer monitors were switched off at the end of every day.

The housing sector is leading the way in changing cultural habits to reduce carbon usage and slow the effects of climate change.

The majority of social landlords in Greater Manchester has signed up to the Carbon Literacy Project and other winners on the evening include Northwards Housing, Great Places and St. Vincent’s Housing, who achieved Platinum, Silver and Bronze respectively.

Lisa Aston, who led the Going Greener training and collected the award said: “The silver award is a fantastic achievement for the Group, which sets the organisation on a clear pathway to continually improving our environmental impact.”

The Group will now strive for a Gold award to build on this year’s success and further reduce its carbon footprint.

In 2017, individual commitments to reducing carbon will be revisited in order to calculate how much carbon the business has managed to save so far, whilst new ideas and innovations will be implemented with the focus on improving New Charter’s commitment to ‘greener’ working.

 

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Honour: Geoff Marland and Lisa Aston collect the Silver award on behalf of New Charter