Many people spend a lot of time at work and their workplaces use energy, water, raw materials and many other resources.
In all these areas there is lots of scope for savings and reducing the environmental impact of work.
Businesses, whether large or small, can make a huge difference. Not only could being green in your office benefit the environment but it could save money into the bargain: trials show that companies which go green can reduce energy and waste costs by 10% without any capital investment, saving £2.6 billion a year by businesses in the UK alone.
Many businesses in the Faversham area are going green.
Lees Court Estate
Lees Court Estate in Badlesmere currently have three major green projects:-
a) they are the official demonstration farm in the South of the National Non-Food Crops Centre, founded in December 2003 by DEFRA, DTI and one other partner.
b) they have introduced farm diversification by using chemical free methods to extract oil for bath and body products.
c) they are running a flagship joint project to investigate the biodiversity benefits of gamebird shooting.
Shepherd Neame is continuing to set the standard among British breweries for its environmentally-friendly standards.
The first brewery in the country to have achieved ISO 14001 for environmental management systems, the company is also setting ambitious new targets to reduce water consumption - no easy task at a time when Shepherd Neame beer sales are at record levels!
Shepherd Neame was the overall Kent Environment Business of the Year in the 2004 Environment Awards organised by the Kent Sustainable Business Partnership.
Shepherd Neame also won the Outstanding Environmental Management System category of the annual awards, which were contested by 21 short-listed finalists.
Awarded a Silver Green Tourism award in 2011.