Being responsible, sustainable and ethical to leave a better environment for future generations is something we are passionate about. This is achievable with the help of learners, service users, residents and staff, through community engagement and our own strategies and ways of working.
We hold the Bronze Level Green Impact scheme award and are working towards our silver award. Working with our staff and student ‘green’ reps we are confident that this is an achievable ambition.
Staff are encouraged to make low-carbon energy choices. We actively promote car sharing and are seeing increasing numbers of passengers using our staff mini-bus which operates across Cheltenham. We operate a cycle to work scheme and encourage staff to use public transport when attending external meetings.
Staff are also encouraged to use teleconferencing facilities where possible in place of face-to-face meetings.
We are proactively managing our paper usage. For example, handouts and presentations for meetings are distributed electronically and we are reducing the amount of leaflets and printed materials produced by the organisation, preferring digital distribution instead.
In addition, computer settings now ensure duplex (double sided) printing is the default option. Simple steps such as reusing incoming envelopes/packaging in preference to using new envelopes/packaging is helping too.
Our Energy Centre at Ullenwood, which provides all the heat and hot water for the site, runs on biomass boilers.
The organisation has energy-awareness stickers and posters in place in the majority of offices and communal facilities encouraging users to switch off lights and other electrical equipment when not in use.
Staff and students are encouraged to recycle unwanted clothes and other items in preparation for the launch of National Star’s new charity shops in 2020.
Each year staff and students take part in ‘Green Day’ which is a chance for everyone to think about the environment and their impact upon it.
Read the National Star Sustainability Policy and discover more about what we are doing to promote sustainable practices in all aspects of our charity.