Environmental efforts helps Council pick up award

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Daventry District Council has achieved a coveted Green Award for its environmental commitments and achievements for the sixth year running.

The Council secured the award from the Investors in the Environment (iiE) scheme - a national environmental accreditation scheme designed to help organisations save money, reduce their impact on the environment, and receive recognition for their green credentials.

DDC received the award – the highest given out by the iiE - following an audit which praised the Council’s Greener Healthier Workforce Team for its ongoing efforts to develop and implement improvements.

In the last year the Council has removed plastic cups from its water coolers, replacing them with a limited number of paper cups and cones and supplying staff with reusable water bottles.

Other internal efforts to cut down on waste included a paperless challenge and a bike to work week, while environmental projects including the Big Poppy Plant and a subsidised home composting offer were also praised by the auditor.

The auditor’s report states: “By qualifying for the accreditation, Daventry District Council is demonstrating the organisation’s commitments to minimising its environmental impact and helping to set the standard for the environment.”

Councillor Jo Gilford, Environment Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council, said: “We have a range of environmental goals that not only focus on what we are doing as a Council, but which aim to help local communities, individuals and businesses make greener choices. It is very pleasing that this has once again been recognised by the iiE.”

To find out more about environmental initiatives taking place in Daventry District, or for tips on how to minimise your impact on the environment, visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/living/greener-living 

For more information about the Investors in the Environment scheme, visit www.iie.uk.com