Last week saw the closing ceremony of the Bow Arts 2015 Environmental Campaign. The Green Team took over the staff meeting to collectively reflect on the last six weeks and announce our latest green champions.
To round off the preceeding weeks, we asked the team to think about what worked, how we could improve the campaign and if they’d made any changes as a result of the programme. We found out that the herb garden and the competition were a hit, people enjoyed having the green focus over a sustained period of time and that they loved having plenty of opportunities to get together. Well done for some great behaviour changes too, which include shunning plastic bags, cycling more, and switching off computer monitors.
Top priorities for going forwards include engaging our artists more, and a focus on celebrating good practice and their use of materials emerged for this. Staff are also keen to maintain momentum and visibility as a team, so we are thinking about having ‘satellite’ events and high profile green prompts over the course of the year.
The Education crew were named as the winning Green Champions team for their sterling efforts to, amongst other things, have paperless meetings, eat recycled food at the Bromley-by-Bow centre and try out Boris Bikes. The were rewarded with Bow Arts tote bags, local beer and fairtrade chocolate. Amina, our Finance Administrator was announced as the overall winner – claiming the coveted Bow Arts bottle – for her marked change in behaviour such as walking to and from work and diligently turning off all unnecessary lights. It turns out she’s also a secret herb expert.
No doubt buoyed by our new role as a National Portfolio sector leader on sustainability for Arts Council England, one of the most inspiring outcomes from the meeting is that people feel invested and motivated, and, crucially, empowered to make the organisation more sustainable. Everyone got stuck into the future gazing conversation and had valuable ideas to contribute relating to the organisation as a whole as well as their own role.
With this appetite for change, the future’s looking pretty green!