Henley Conferences recognises that our operations have an effect on the local, regional and global environment and is committed to achieving the highest standards of environmental performance, preventing pollution and minimising the impact of its operations.
Reduce Re-use Recycle
We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment by reducing landfill and replacing high energy equipment with more efficient models.
- Virtual servers are replacing existing hardware, consolidating maintenance and power requirements to one central server.
- Upgraded energy efficient air conditioning in the server room.
- Power out software automatically puts unused PC’s, periphirals, copier and printers into standby and turning off outside working hours.
- All new computers are either EPEAT gold or silver star items. This means that they reach high standards of environmental performance.
- For the end of life recycling we use an approved supplier which has a zero landfill policy.
- Dyson airblade are used in restrooms replacing hand towels and less efficient dryers.
- Towels are reused as requested by our clients Low energy lights and fittings, movement sensors where appropriate and replacing halogen with LED lighting to reduce energy usage.
- Thermostatic radiator valves replace static valves enabling more efficient local control.
- All heating boilers across site are fuelled by Kerosene instead of Gas Oil – a cleaner, more efficient & cheaper fuel.
- Dedicated Hot Water boiler for summer use – cheaper and more efficient than running all boilers.
- Cooking equipment has power down facility.
- We are committed to using local seasonal produce wherever possible for our kitchens and our menus celebrate seasonality, fresh and sustainably farmed local produce.
- Ongoing Supply Chain review in place to establish suppliers environmental credentails.
- Bottled water has been replaced by plumbed in chilled dispensers in all conference rooms.
- We only use Fairtrade coffee and beverages.
- Eco stationary is used in all meeting and conference rooms and recycled paper is used in all copiers and printers.
- Food waste, grass cuttings, leaves and prunings are turned into compost and used on our grounds.
- Paper and confidential waste is professionally recycled.
- Cardboard is baled for recycling.
- Tin Cans, Plastic Bottles, Glass Bottles, Batteries, Cooking Oil, Cardboard, Print Toner and Fluorescent Tubes are all recycled Yew clippings are sent for use in cancer treating drug.
- Used cooking oil is sent to make bio-fuel which is then used in out grounds machinery.
Conservation and the environment
Greenlands is fortunate to be situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty with a unique riverside environment and it is our policy to work to conserve these natural habitats and create additional areas of wildlife value wherever possible.
River banks have been reinforced with an environmental solution to river bank engineering and allowed the creation of wetland scrapes to encourage wildlife habitat.
We have an ongoing programme of tree planting to add to our arboretum, using planting, felling and conservation methods to create additional wildlife habitats where possible.
We also maintain a wild meadow area containing many specimens of local flora and encouraging insect and mammal activity.
We work with the Environment Agency to irrigate naturally using permitted levels of river water.
Spring 2014: HENLEY are busy bees.
With our many acres of gardens and wetlands, Greenlands Estates team recognises the many benefits of pollinating insects and are now doing more to encourage them by creating bee hotels.
The female of the non-aggressive mason bee species spends most of her life searching for hollow stems to use as a nest. So here at Greenlands, we are making a series of bee hotels to be placed around the estate to encourage these busy little creatures to lay their eggs in an area rich in pollen for their offspring – and in turn pollinate our gardens.
Food Waste Recycling – Going Full Circle
Greenlands is taking new strides along it’s path to become one of the UK’s greenest venues. Since achieving BS ISO 14001 for Environmental Management in 2010, Greenlands has gone on to implement numerous systems to continue to improve their sustainability credentials.
Segregating waste for recycling has been common practice on the estate for several years but the team have now gone one step further to divert many tonnes of waste away from landfill, by harnessing the power of the mighty worm and humble micro-organism!
Going to the worms!!
Back in January 2011 Greenlands started working alongside kompost (www.kompost.co.uk) to introduce several specially created composting bins to their waste and recycling collection point. These bins were filled with food waste, tea leaves, coffee grounds and other vegetable matter and then played host to a colony of busy earthworms, who munched their way through this wonderful banquet and in their wake left a glorious organic compost, that then went back onto the gardens of the estate to bolster productivity.
Alan Brand, Director of Hotel and Conference Services commented back then: “Over the past 10 years, Greenlands has been investing in many ways to improve our sustainability credentials and since achieving the ISO 14001 accreditation, we have also have been awarded the Gold Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme and are one of the few UK businesses to achieve the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) Platinum Level Green Star Accreditation.
I’m very pleased to say that staff have adopted this latest addition to our efforts with great enthusiasm. Our first bin was filled within a very short time after installation and ‘feeding the worms’ has become a part of the daily routine. It’s amazing to think how much difference these little creatures can make to reduce landfill, just by doing what comes naturally.”
18 months later, in June 2012, Greenlands stepped it up a notch by investing in two in-vessel composters. These komposter™ units are able to process±20.8 tonnes of food waste annually and turn out a beautiful end product.
Alan says: “As far as the carbon saving and cost benefit analysis is concerned it is a no-brainer but what makes it even more rewarding is the feel good factor. The staff involved with the daily operation of the equipment is really enthusiastic, as they can see the end product of their recycling efforts instantaneously.”
From fork to fork
A year later, in the summer of 2013, Greenlands went full circle by establishing a raised bed, with the compost produced by the staff, to grow herbs for the kitchen.
Inspired by their Nepalese colleagues, on Saturday June 6th, Greenlands staff had a stand at Denham Giant Car Boot Sale raising funds to send Shelter Box aid to Nepal.
One ShelterBox costs £590, each one is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for a family of ten, thermal blankets and groundsheets, water storage and purification equipment, solar lamps, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, mosquito nets and a children’s activity pack.
Together with the team from CleanConscience they raised £1,258 and are sponsoring two boxes!
When the time came to replace and renew some of our household items, such as linens, cleaning materials and soft furnishings, our housekeeping team were keen to find good homes for all the old items and here’s what they achieved:
- 20 local families (Maidenhead & Slough areas) in dire need of bedding said it felt like Christmas! This distribution happened via a Facebook Group called Maidenhead Gossip Girls.
- Two people carriers full of linen were shipped over to Kenya, to a project working with mothers and babies – http://www.babymatters-uk.co.uk/charity-work/charity-kenya/
- The stuffing from the small cushions were turned into Heart Pillows for the Heidi’s Heart Pillow Project in Bracknell – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G05un2emTYQ
- Damaged and worn items went to two animal charities – Battersea Dog’s Home (Old Windsor) & Dorney Animal Rescue.
- Old sets of Chefs’ Whites went to The Clink Charity for trainee chefs when they are released from HM Prison and start their first jobs
- 30 upright vacuum cleaners went to a social project in London where they are teaching young electricians about repairing and refurbishing small household appliances.
- Three boxes of Christmas decorations and redundant outdoor bins went to a local housing association’s children’s nursery for an art project.
Working with CleanConscienceTM
Never ones to shy away from new initiatives, the team have also been working with CleanConscienceTM to find ways of re-purposing and recycling part-used toiletries from our bedrooms. See how the initiative works and what we are achieving on their website http://cleanconscience.org.uk