Warwick Conferences, the University of Warwick venue collection, has been awarded Gold accreditation by Green Tourism for its newest venue – The Slate – just seven months after opening.
In addition, its three other dedicated conference venues – Arden, Scarman and Radcliffe – have received Silver accreditation.
In order to be accredited by Green Tourism, businesses must satisfy a range of criteria covering all aspects of sustainability, from energy and water efficiency, waste management and biodiversity to social and ethical choices.
Warwick Conferences has aligned its objectives with the University’s mission to make the campus greener, which means both organisations are working together to ensure a positive impact on the wider community.
The Slate, which opened in December 2016, was designed and built with sustainability in mind and examples include flow control values on all taps and WCS to reduce water consumption, and the use of sustainable fish and meat products.
Warwick Conferences also holds Bronze level accreditation with the Soil Association’s Food for Life catering mark.
As part of Radcliffe’s £6.5m refurbishment, the venue has undergone heating and ventilation modifications, a full replacement of external windows to achieve an improved thermal conductance, and has been fitted with modern double-glazed units to help reduce energy usage through improved thermal performance and light transmittance. This work is set to be completed in September 2017 when the venue re-opens.
Richard Harrison, head of conference centres, said: “We are committed to exploring new and innovative ways to reduce any negative impacts our business may have on the environment. To have four of our venues accredited either Gold or Silver by Green Tourism, the natural leader in green grading, is an outstanding achievement. We’ve made significant investments at each of our venues to ensure that we meet the exacting standards, while reinforcing the importance to both staff and clients of being a sustainable and ethically run business.”