It makes sense to us that as an organisation committed to working with young people to secure their future, we should also be concerned about our impact on the environment and actively be working to find ways to reduce it. Because of this, St Basils is committed to finding ways to reduce our environmental impact in a number of areas.
Last year we achieved the Green Achiever Award self-assessed status with a rating of four out of five stars, and in a later assessment this has now been upped to five out of five stars showing our increased commitment to sustainability and continuous improvement.
Our environmental action group meets regularly and feeds back to the senior leadership team to update them on the progress made within the organisation. Part of the work of the group was to review and update St Basils Environmental Policy, which is now titled the Environmental Sustainability Policy, and was approved by the Board in September 2019.
Changes to how we dispose of our rubbish at head office and the Birmingham Youth Hub means we have comprehensive recycling, with a new waste management company, Ash Waste Services, who recycle around 90% of the waste they collect.
With a number of housing projects, St Basils is reducing energy consumption through a programme to replace existing fittings in our properties with low-energy consumption versions. Almost a quarter of St Basils buildings have some form of controlled lighting, ensuring they’re only on when in use.
Staff are invited to consider how they travel to work, with discounted bus passes offered through National Express West Midlands and a Cycle to Work scheme, which allows staff to get cheaper commuter bicycles. We have also stopped automatically offering new staff or visitors car parking spaces at our head office, which is located within walking distance of Birmingham city centre.
We know that whilst we are on the right track with reducing our environmental impact, we also know there is still more St Basils can do. We are collecting data to identify our carbon footprint, so we can find ways to measure changes and look at further ways we can positively impact the environment.
How you can help
We are encouraging our supporters to help us raise funds by diverting printer cartridges away from landfill. We are able to receive money for each used inkjet printer cartridges sent to Recycle4Charity via freepost, or organisations can arrange a box collection if they have a number of used printer ink cartridges.