Brighton and Hove City Council celebrates sustainability accreditation

Brighton and Hove City Council claims to have become the first local authority to be awarded two international standards for environmental management and sustainable events.

Staff and city stakeholders gathered at the Brighton Centre for the presentation of ISO 14001 and ISO 20121 certificates by James Gibb, Chief Executive of AJA Auditors to Ollie Sykes, Deputy Chair of the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee.

The certificates were awarded for the council’s work on reducing the environmental impact of events in council venues including the Brighton Centre, Hove Town Hall and at outdoor events on council owned land.

The Sustainable Events Programme has been providing practical support for event organisers for over four years and helps build links between organisers and local suppliers. It also makes targeted investments in buildings to reduce running costs and improve visitors’ experience through new technology such as LED lighting.

“Convincing event organisers that they should do things differently to reduce environmental impacts can be a challenge,” said Sykes. “The Sustainable Events Programme shows how they can do this in a way where everybody wins – local suppliers get more business, people at events get a better experience, the cost of running buildings is reduced and the icing on the cake is that it all helps protect the environment, both locally and globally.”

In other news, venue consortium Conference Centres of Excellence (CCE) is celebrating a host of its members’ achievements at the VenueVerdict Awards, which measure service standards based on the voice of customers.

EEF Venues, whose three conference venues Woodland Grange, Engineers House and Broadway House are all long-standing CCE members, were named No 1 Small Group and Best Value for Money Group. All three venues also gained Gold Standard Accreditation.

A further four CCE members achieved BDRC Continental VenueVerdict Gold Standard Accreditation: Maple House, Birmingham; Farncombe Conference Centre, Cotswolds; The Manor House, surrey; and The Moller Centre, Cambridge.

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