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World Environment Day 2016

Hanna Hayward 28 Jul 2016

World Environment Day on the 5th June 2016 was an ideal opportunity for our London Region to share sustainability initiatives across the business, using our social media channel -Yammer.

This year's theme, ‘Go Wild for Life’, focussed on wildlife crime and endangered species. While we don’t have any rhinos, sea turtles, tigers or elephants on our sites, we do have the opportunity to support the species living in our own local environments.



In London, we challenged our site teams with doing something to improve their site’s environment. To enter the competition, they simply had to snap a photo and post it on Yammer, in internal social media platform. Colleagues voted for their favourite entries and the winner was judged by our Sustainability Director, Nitesh Magdani. So let’s take a look at some of the entries…

The Old Admiralty Building team reused cycle racks from the original building to help promote cycling to the workforce and produced posters to show the location of the nearest Santander Cycle stand. They were also able to salvage the carpet tiles from the soft strip and reuse them, reducing wastage.

Cycle racks in use at the Old Admiralty building

Many sites concentrated on reusing materials. The Epworth House team has been reusing their timber to make nail storage boxes and tool units. This has helped to reduce waste and aid housekeeping. While at 8 Salisbury Square, the team also reused timber and has created segregated and signed storage areas specifically for these materials.

But it’s not all about reusing materials, at Curtis Green, the team promoted the recently installed green roof.

Newly installed green roof at Curtis Green

So down to the final three, the Southbank Centre team picked up third place with the creation of planters from pallets and other materials. They were able to create a lovely vegetable garden and herb planters in the welfare area for all operatives to enjoy.

Herb area for operatives to use at the Southbank Centre

The Coal Drops Yard team came in second place, having created an insect hotel and bee friendly garden in BAM colours.

The Coal Drop's variety of biodiversity improvements

And with over 25 likes and comments the winner is…the R1 team at King’s Cross! They created a harmonious welfare area for operatives and wildlife, creating a pond and installing an insect hotel and bird box to attract wildlife. They also had bee friendly planting with mint, thyme, hydrangeas and roses. 

R1 King's Cross, voted as World Environment Day competition winners

The competition generated a fantastic level of engagement throughout the London Region and raised staff awareness of sustainability best practice initiatives. It all goes to show, the small things count too!


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