Church House Conference Centre in Westminster, London, has been recognized by the Green Business Tourism Scheme for its commitment to the environment.
Last audited in January, the historic Grade II listed building achieved Silver against the new Green Tourism Version 5 Criteria. Green Tourism is the national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK. Originally developed in partnership with Visit Scotland, it is now the only certification scheme validated by Visit Britain through the International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT), and is the largest and most sustainable tourism certification program in the world.
The venue was assessed against a rigorous set of criteria, covering areas such as energy and water efficiency, waste management and biodiversity. Initiatives put in place by the venue to improve its impact on the environment include recycling of materials, the use of recycled materials where possible, in-house water bottling facilities, water reduction systems and sourcing products from local and sustainable sources.
In the Green Business Tourism Scheme report, the achievement of the team at Church House was praised its use of recycled materials, responsible sourcing and relationships with sustainable suppliers.
Church House Conference Centre’s sustainability program was coordinated by Operations Manager Alison Forsyth.
“Being such an historic venue, it is a challenge to maintain sustainable and efficient practices, so it is a great achievement for Church House to have been awarded Silver under the Green Business Tourism Scheme,” said Forsyth. “The standards needing to be reached for this accolade are extremely high and the auditing process is rigorous, which makes it even more satisfying.
Church House Conference Centre has 19 flexible event spaces, which accommodate up to 664 guests each.
For more information, visit www.churchhouseconf.co.uk