In July 2021 Church House Westminster achieved the Platinum ECOsmart venue accreditation, awarded by Greengage Travel and Events.
Grade II listed multi-purpose events venue, Church House Westminster, is committed to minimising and controlling the environmental impact of the venue’s operations. As such, sustainability is aligned with their business strategy in their goal to achieve net-zero carbon status by 2030.
Greengage Travel & Event Solutions’ ECOsmart is an industry-standard accreditation awarded to hotels, venues, and agencies that can demonstrate an environmentally conscious approach and adoption of eco-friendly measures.
Elana Kruger, Marketing Manager of Church House Westminster explains, “In 2020 – during the first lockdown – we were approached by Greengage to join their ECOsmart programme, based on the robust practices we put in place to support sustainable events. Subsequently, the venue was one of the first to be awarded a Gold ECOsmart status in 2020. Achieving Platinum status this year is testament to how we have stepped up the integration of environmental management into our everyday operations to improve our environmental efficiency.”.
“We strongly believe that our future and the future of our environment are interconnected. 2020 saw the formation of an internal Going Green committee at Church House Westminster, that has been proactively developing new environmental activities and steering behavioural change both internally and externally when it comes to events and the use of our building.”.
New projects, for example, included the installation of waterless urinals last year, which subsequently saves the venue equivalent of three Olympic-sized swimming pools of water each year.
The venue has also updated its sustainability policy last year to include its commitment to achieving net-zero carbon status by 2030 and the steps to support this goal. Making great strides already, the venue has replaced all gas equipment with green energy appliances, donates all leftover food to the local community, and has adopted a zero waste to landfill process.
The events team promotes a 12-step action plan for sustainable events at Church House Westminster with organisers in the lead-up to events to keep the carbon footprint to a minimum.
“As a result of our recent evaluation and verification of the eco-friendly practices Church House Westminster has implemented, we are delighted to see the venue join a very select group of ECOsmart Platinum members. It is very well deserved,” said Andrew Perolls, CEO of Greengage.
Elana Kruger concluded, “We’re so very proud of our teams for their commitment to creating a better world. Being awarded Platinum ECOsmart increases awareness of our sustainable venue best practices within the industry and also demonstrates how sustainable business benefits our environment.”.
Find out more about our commitment to sustainability which is aligned with our business strategy. We are transforming our processes to net zero carbon by 2030.