Central Hall Westminster has won the Green Tourism Gold award for a second year in a row.
To attain the national sustainability Gold standard under the scheme, venues need to improve and create new initiatives every year as well as meet high environmental standards over 10 criteria, including management, marketing and communication, energy saving, water use, waste management, social responsibility and culture.
Central Hall reports it scored ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good’ in all of the categories, achieving a total score of 83.3%.
The venue said the latest report cited the quality of Central Hall’s integrated management system along with ongoing staff training and awareness, which led to the venue winning the Gold award for the second year running.
“There are many fantastic green measures in place. Monitoring and management is very good indeed due to the robust integrated management system as well as ongoing staff training and awareness. This has allowed many other green measures to fall into place such as sustainable procurement,” said the Green Tourism chief executive Jon Proctor.
“The venue plays a great role in the community, as a church, but also supporting various good causes,” he added.
Central Hall was also praised for its excellent preservation of an iconic listed building, its aims to create a paper-free environment, own water bottling system, sustainable and fairly traded food and drink, energy efficiency and achieving zero waste to landfill.
Central Hall MD Paul Southern said: “To achieve Gold in the Green Tourism scheme, it is not good enough just to stand still, we need to improve and launch new environmental initiatives every year. Therefore, we are absolutely delighted to have won the Gold award for the second year running.
“From the creation of a ‘Green Team’ to launching sustainable initiatives and community projects, we have worked hard to reach the Gold standard. I am very proud of every member of staff for helping us to achieve this accolade.”