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A Sustainable Future at Wyboston Lakes
Louisa Watson, Director Marketing, Wyboston Lakes Resort, 6 March 2020
The rapid rise of sustainability on the business agenda is remarkable. In just a few years it has quickly moved up from the lower down the agenda to close to the top of the To Do List, always under discussion and a high priority.
A venue like Wyboston Lakes Resort is now continually scrutinising a wider range of operational areas and delving to greater depths and detail to search for opportunities to be more sustainable.
In June 2019 Wyboston Lakes Resort achieved Silver Status in the Green Tourism Awards, the national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK & Ireland. To accomplish this, the venue was assessed against a rigorous set of 145 criteria, covering a range of areas including energy and water efficiency, waste management, purchasing, travel, biodiversity and more. Committed to continual improvement, we are have opted to be audited again in June 2020.
Looking at just a selection of what we have done recently or are doing at present, to reduce energy consumption we’ve started upgrading our lighting across site to the latest energy efficient LED which are turned off by movement sensors when a room is not in use. We’ve also amended our purchasing policy to ensure energy ratings are considered as part of the purchasing decision for all new heavy equipment. These should both help towards our ambitious plan to reduce our energy and carbon footprint by saving a further 21000 KWH from the previous year.
Recycling and reducing
In waste management we continue to be ‘Zero to Landfill’ for yet another year and in 2018 we recycled over 20,000kg of cardboard waste. Eliminating and discouraging single-use plastics, we’ve already changed from plastic to paper straws, removed drinks stirrers and offer compostable and ceramic coffee cups. We use banners and collateral made from recyclable materials and avoid cheap plastic ‘giveaways.’ We’ve also joined the Meetings Industry Association (MIA) H20percentless scheme and have achieved a 19% reduction already.
Continuing with ‘reducing,’ we’ve cut paper consumption in all areas across the site including flip chart usage by replacing them with squiggle boards and digital flip charts in the conference rooms, and only offer pads and paper, made from recyclable materials, on request. In the Spa we supply our guests with disposable, bio-degradable hair towels to reduce the need to launder them.
As a venue with 360 acres of land, we have an active policy for planting trees in support of nature and nurture, from new saplings to semi mature trees. We also maintain a nature reserve on site which is supported by the Wildlife Trust. It’s a list that is growing all the time.
The forces driving this increasing momentum come from several sides. We are primarily self- motivated, focused on environmentally friendly initiatives, because we want to benefit our employees, our community and ultimately our planet. At the same time, we also want to stay ahead of the expectations of guests and our clients who frequently include extensive lists of requirements around sustainability in business tender documents.
Overall, for Wyboston Lakes Resort, this increasing focus has created a further benefit. It’s providing the opportunity to bring our diverse efforts under one umbrella and create a culture of conscience in what we do and how we do it.
Sustainability is not just a buzz word, it’ s here to stay. We must all now look at what more we can do over the coming months and years, both new ideas and further implementation of existing ideas. Here we will be launching our 2020 “Green Objectives” later this year to give clear focus on what we want to achieve. We’ re looking at alternative methods of energy creation, including solar, wind turbine, ground source heat, biomass and battery storage.
To achieve its full potential, sustainability best practice must be a team effort by everyone in the industry and we look forward to working even more closely with both our clients and suppliers to make better choices to benefit future generations.
While the 3R’s of sustainability – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – remain true and are at the heart of any waste campaign, I think more focus should go on an earlier stage; prevention or non-usage.
If, from the start of planning an event, from the writing of the RFP, organisers and venues look at every element, then specify and design the event with the aim of zero waste built in, then waste can be prevented and ultimately none will go to landfill.
At Wyboston Lakes Resort, we now look at every aspect of our operation and challenge our approach to each in detail to ensure that sustainability is central to the way we operate. We believe our commitment must be uncompromising, with no apologies.’
A Tree for Every Train
Eurostar 1 January 2020
From 1st January 2020, Eurostar has pledged to plant a tree for every train service that it operates across its routes. Working in partnership with the Woodland Trust, ReforestAction and Trees for All, 20,000 additional trees will be planted every year in woodlands across Eurostar’s markets of the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
From the start of next year, customers travelling with Eurostar will be able to actively support the reforestation of woodland in Europe by choosing to travel by high speed rail.
At Cavendish Venues we are delighted to announce that from January 2020 through to May 2020 (initially) we will cover the cost of a hot three course meal for a local disadvantaged person. We have teamed up with The Upper Room and Foodinate to provide this. If you book a conference for 200 attendees during this period you will be helping to feed 200 homeless people during some of the coldest months of the year.