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Bristol businesses meet to learn how to Go Green as city reaches halfway point as European Green Capital 2015

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Written by: Gavin Thompson | Posted 23 June 2015 13:26

Bristol businesses meet to learn how to Go Green as city reaches halfway point as European Green Capital 2015

More than 80 businesses met to learn what they could do as organisations to play their part in Bristol’s year as European Green Capital.

The event was run by Go Green, with support from Skanska and the Environmental iNet, and was the fifth in the series of monthly breakfast events which provide a place for businesses to meet, learn and share experiences on green business practice.

The theme at The Bristol Hotel was planning and resilience, with a particular focus on embedding green business culture.

The event was part of Business Green week, an initiative first launched in 2014 which encourages businesses to run green activities in their workplace for one week in June, deliberately coinciding with Bristol's BIG Green Week.

More than 40 businesses took part this year, running in-house activities ranging from locally sourced picnics in the park to low energy days, all designed to help engage staff in the benefits of going green.

Delegates heard from Clifton-based architects Stride Treglown who showed a video of their ingenious Top Gear-style race from Temple Meads to their Clifton office as they set out on a fun quest to explore the best way to commute to work in Bristol.

Other businesses shared their experiences of Business Green Week, which ranged from running a clothes swap events, showing films and documentaries at lunchtimes, sports competitions, providing bee friendly plants for all their staff to plant outside the office – and setting up an al fresco desk in the sunshine to boost staff wellbeing.

Nina Skubala, Go Green programme co-director said: “We have been running Green Weeks at Business West for a few years now, so are well aware of the challenges facing businesses in trying to get ideas for sustainable initiatives off the ground, but it’s fantastic to see how many businesses have come on board with Business Green Week this year, all bringing such creativity to the table.”

Rachel Quinn, senior environmental advisor from Skanska UK said: “As an official partner of Bristol 2015, this was a fantastic opportunity to be able to showcase some of the work we have been doing in the region over the last 10 years to help make Bristol a resilient city, and to talk about how we embed sustainability into our business.

“Go Green is a great way for us to share best practice and hear from others – we may be a global business, but we have been inspired by what some of the small businesses have done during Business Green Week.”

Go Green is a programme that is run in partnership by Business West and Low Carbon South West. This event served as a milestone half way through the Green Capital year, and showed how much positive activity is taking place around the city.

Go Green project manager Jessica Ferrow said: “We are delighted to have over 200 businesses in our membership so far and are building a vibrant and engaged network, but we are still looking to widen our impact – so we warmly invite other businesses to visit our website to find out how they can join in too.

“Go Green has been designed to provide a legacy from the Green Capital year, so will not be disappearing at the end of 2015; in fact we are just getting started!”

To find out about future Go Green events and see the 200 businesses that have already signed up, visit

Pictured: Rob Delius (Stride Treglown), Nina Skubala (Business West) Amy Nicholass (Go Green), Nicola Burrill (The Bristol Hotel), Martin Bigg (Environmental iNet), Amy Robinson (Low Carbon South West), Rachel Quinn (Skanska), Jessica Ferrow (Go Green), Ludi Hall-Drinkwater (Skanska), Andrew Garrad (Bristol 2015), Sheri-Leigh Miles (Net Positive Futures)

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