4 July 2017

FM Venues get Green Tourism accreditation

The events venues managed by the FM team have all been accredited under the Green Tourism scheme, giving customers confidence in their commitment to green issues and the progress they’ve made towards reducing their environmental impact.

Of the FM venues, the Examination Schools, Sheldonian Theatre and William Osler House all gained silver accreditation, while St Luke’s Chapel in the ROQ performed even more impressively, earning gold status. These are the first parts of the University to gain Green Tourism status, and are the result of months of close collaboration between the FM and Environmental Sustainability teams.

The accreditation recognises initiatives like cutting electricity consumption by moving to LED lights, installing energy-efficient boilers, reducing waste sent to landfill and using Fairtrade tea and coffee to ensure suppliers are fairly treated.

There is much more to be done though; by next year the venues aim to make half their menus meat-free, to buy 60% of the food they serve locally and to achieve ‘food for life’ status.

The assessor singled out the chapel’s combination of traditional conservation activities with modern best practice for particular praise – for instance, its all-LED lighting and its low-maintenance pollinator-friendly gardens with rainwater harvesting.