RCVS achieves Bronze award for sustainability
The RCVS has achieved Bronze level membership with Investors in the Environment.
The scheme is designed to help businesses reduce their environmental impact, raise awareness amongst colleagues and save businesses money on their energy costs where possible.
Improvements at the RCVS were driven by the staff Green Team, who support the College in improving ways of working to make it more sustainable, and plan staff engagement events and initiatives around sustainability and environmental issues. This included celebrating Earth Day and running sustainable Christmas competitions.
The Green Team also implemented an environmental policy, including using power saving mode on all company computers, improving recycling and looking into how travel for work can be made more sustainable.
Lizzie Lockett RCVS CEO, said: “I’m proud of the achievements that the RCVS Green Team has made and want to thank its members for all their hard work to help the RCVS become a more environmentally friendly place to work. Improving our carbon footprint is important to the organisation and all our staff members, so it’s fantastic that the strides we’ve made to reduce our environmental impact have been recognised with this iiE award.”
Sue Paterson, RCVS Council Environment Lead, said: “I am delighted that all the hard work and commitment of the RCVS Green Team has paid dividends. I have noticed the little changes the team have made at RCVS over the last twelve months such as introducing the power saving mode on employee laptops and running lunch and learn sessions where staff can hear about the College’s environmental policy. These and the many other initiatives they have introduced reflect their drive to make the College more sustainable. I am really proud of their achievements and look forward to the College achieving Silver level in the hopefully not-to-distant future.”