Archivist and Guernsey Chamber of Commerce earn Keep Guernsey Green Award

October 23rd, 2010 by States of Guernsey Environment Department

Achivist and the Chamber of Commerce Guernsey have become the latest companies to receive the Keep Guernsey Green Award following their efforts in conserving energy and managing their waste effectively.

It is the second time that the Chamber of Commerce has received the Award after taking part in the pilot of the scheme in 2006.

Achivist signed up in May 2010 and since that time have demonstrated to their assessor that they have met the standards set under the Award.

Achievement of the Keep Guernsey Green Award is a public acknowledgement of the contribution an organisation makes in helping Guernsey maintain a healthy, clean environment by operating according to best practices in waste management and energy conservation.

Both Archivist and the Chamber of Commerce have been able to identify and implement means of reducing their environmental impact. Due to the nature of their work, Archivist work closely with local recycling company Mayside to recycle the paper generated through their operations. As well as managing its office in an environmental manner, the Chamber of Commerce is able to make a contribution by encouraging others to take part in environmental initiatives through its members.

Milton Le Moignan and Trish Smitheram, Director of Archivist, with bales of shredded paper for recycling at Mayside Recycling (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Trish Smitheram, Director of Archivist, said “by the nature of our business, and on a personal level, we have always been aware of the importance of recycling.  However, being involved with the Keep Guernsey Green Award has broadened our understanding and that of our staff in a world where every little helps. We are proud to be the recipients of such an award.”

Julian Winser, President of Chamber of Commerce Guernsey, said “this award really makes a company look at what it does both in energy consumption and waste management and by fulfilling needs not desires we gradually change our attitude.”

Nicola Knight, Administrator, and Barry Cash, Director, of the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce with the Keep Guernsey Green Award at Mayside Recycling (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Deputy Peter Sirett, Minister for the Environment Department, was pleased to see Archivist working closely with a local recycler and the Chamber of Commerce setting an example to its members.  “It is encouraging to see a company like Archivist working closely with Mayside to ensure that the waste from its operations is sent for recycling and does not end up in the Mont Cuet landfill. It is also encouraging to see the Chamber of Commerce leading the way and encouraging other businesses to follow suit,” he said.

To achieve the Keep Guernsey Green Award, organisations have to meet a set of standards covering ‘Policy and Planning’, ‘Action’ and ‘Review and Improvement’.

The award is open to any Island company or non-profit organisation and is held for three years.   Further information is available from the States of Guernsey Environment Department Keep Guernsey Green Awards website.

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