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Sustainability

The City of London’s Clean City Award Scheme 2015 Clean City Award Scheme

CCAS Pic 2On Friday 29 January 2016 the Skinners’ Company were awarded The Chairman’s Cup, the City of London’s top award for waste management. The Skinners’ Company were judged against some 115 City businesses and institutions, and were found to be leading the way with our recycling initiatives.

The judging panel, mindful of the limitations of a not-for-profit organisation, were impressed with our year on year improvement and made particular reference to:

  • The Company’s new website with a members’ section enabling paperless distribution of Company meeting papers
  • The continued selling of wine corks to hobbyists which has funded other waste reduction measures
  • Installation of air hand dryers - removing consumption of paper towels
  • Continued investment in light sensors - stopping lights being left on
  • The bike rack in the entrance courtyard - facilitating cycling to work

The Company was commended on its recycling of candles to local churches, redistribution of redundant IT equipment to its staff, reuse of office furniture, reuse of name cards and A5 menu covers from events, and reusable cleaning solution bottles. Food recycling that started in December has already seen a 7% reduction in waste.  The judges were also impressed with our outreach to the wider Skinners’ community, most notably our schools, and the sharing of environmental initiatives.

Cycle to workA new cast iron bicycle rack has been funded through the cork recycling fund, and encourages staff living in London to ditch public transport in favour of cycling to work.

 

 

 

 

DysonFour new air hand dryers have been installed to our basement facilities, eliminating our use of hand towels that generated huge waste material.  

 

Energy reduction

Introducing modern efficient amenities within a scheduled ancient monument is challenging, but major refurbishments continue to improve Skinners’ Hall.  We always aim for sustainable solutions and have significantly reduced our energy consumption.  Our new boilers now consume far less energy, and, with the help of the Carbon Trust , Voltage Optimisers have been installed to further reduce our energy consumption.

Our suppliers

We always try to use suppliers who share our commitment to waste management, energy reduction, and sustainability.