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Doing our bit...

Doing our bit...

Here at the Colchester Arts Centre we're constantly trying to improve our green credentials. This is enshrined in our Green Policy...

Championing local suppliers, trade & Ideas.
We operate a monthly farmers Market at the arts centre in partnership with local environmental group ENFORM, promoting local produce. Local trades and suppliers are used wherever possible to provide office materials, sound and lighting equipment, bar stocks and IT support.

Increasing environmental awareness in the organisation.
Our Green Team meets monthly to discuss green & environmental issue throughout the organisation. Members are drawn from all departments, with representation from the Board of Trustees. Promotion of campaigns increasing awareness such as Switch It Off, Walk To Work etc.

Staff Travel
Travel to all meetings is by public transport wherever possible. Walking and cycling encouraged with regular inter-staff step competitions and participation in outside events promoting fitness.

Audience Travel
Travel Survey – we collate data on audience travel, gathered from short surveys available at all our events.
We are advocates of Colchester Borough Council’s Loveurcar car sharing scheme.
We are starting to work with local transport Colchester Travel Plan Club on ways to promote walking, cycling, public transport and car sharing.

Energy & Waste Management
All our office paper is 100% recycled.
All glass bottles from the bar are recycled.
Audience bins offer separate compartments for…
We are introducing LED lighting in the performance space to save electricity.
We are using Julie’s Bicycle’s online tools to monitor all data.

All printing is double sided. Printer cartridges recycled. For our own brochure and flyer printing requirements Colchester Arts Centre uses printers who are ISO 9001, ISO 14001, FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certified. In an industry where print received into the building is relatively high (event posters and flyers), our printers offer a paper pick up service in which they collect waste print for recycling.

Creating artistic projects and outcomes to raise awareness
We’ve hosted regular performances from environmental activist / artists Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping.