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Greenwashing, greenhushing, and… greenkeeping

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pexels-alena-koval-886521The terms greenwashing and greenhushing have been borne out of the sustainability step-change that we’re seeing society embrace on a global scale. But what do they mean, and is there a danger that a fixation on these buzzwords — however important — risks stalling the progress our planet so desperately needs? Gary Moore, sales director at UNTHA UK, explores…

Green marketing is a massive topic right now, with organisations large and small keen to convey what they’re doing to protect our planet. This seismic shift stems from a more widespread global commitment to sustainability and growing recognition for the fact that we are all responsible for climate change, not just policy makers at government level — and even they could do more, as I’m sure we’ll all agree.

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Housebuilder unveils vision to tackle climate emergency while creating sustainable communities

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A sustainable housebuilder has set out its vision for the future – and how it will help tackle climate change and promote biodiversity in the communities it builds.

Cora, based in Northamptonshire, has released its new Sustainability Report, setting out clear targets on cutting emissions and construction waste, nature stewardship, social responsibility and reducing its carbon footprint.

Luke Simmons, Managing Director of Cora, said: “This is a very exciting time at the company.

“Last year the company underwent a complete rebrand and we developed our new Sustainable Building Framework, our new vision for the future.

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Boningale Limited launches Sustainability Plan to make growing ‘greener’

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0n6806Boningale Limited has signed up to the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) ‘Sustainability Roadmap Supports pledge,’ publishing its own Sustainability Plan in response to climate and biodiversity issues.

The Shropshire-based nursery, which produces around 2.2 million shrubs, herbaceous and perennial plants per year supplying commercial landscapers, Garden Designers, Green Roofing Installers, and domestic and retail markets has been ISO14001 accredited since 2007. Recent training sessions with the HTA and PlanetMark have provided Boningale with guidance on how to put together a structured sustainability plan which will drive the changes that are necessary.

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CHAS helps environmental charity grow its impact in local community

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0n6828Donations from Merton-based supply chain compliance expert, CHAS, are helping fund the essential work of local environmental charity Sustainable Merton.

Founded in 2007, Sustainable Merton is dedicated to inspiring, mobilising and enabling the Merton community to respond to the climate emergency while also improving local quality of life. With the support of its army of volunteers, it works to champion sustainability and make a difference through community-led projects that address issues around waste, air quality, energy and food.

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Michelmersh to produce the world’s first 100% hydrogen fired clay bricks

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0n7023Michelmersh has announced its successful bid to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) UK Government, Industrial Fuel Switching competition to conduct a feasibility study to replace natural gas with hydrogen in the brick making process. The programme is part of the £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP) which aims to provide funding for low-carbon technologies to decreasing the costs of decarbonisation.

The project represents a global flagship physical study to replace natural gas with hydrogen in brick manufacturing. Phase 1 of the project will demonstrate the viability of fuel switching and will see hydrogen used in the clay brick production process at Michelmersh’s Freshfield Lane site. The project aims to inspire radical change across the sector and present opportunities and evidence-based research to support manufacturers on their journey to heavily decarbonise the production processes.

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Michelmersh releases 2021 Sustainability Report - Shaping Genuine Sustainability

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The Michelmersh Group is proud to release its 2021 Sustainability Report. The Report offers an insightful and detailed account of Michelmersh’s established sustainable practices and its plans for achieving Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Michelmersh is determined to continue being the sustainable face of clay brick manufacturing and with the support of its Chief Executives, its dedicated Sustainability Group and Net Zero Steering Group, it has already undertaken numerous projects to minimise its environmental impact and increase its already efficient production methods with state-of-the-art technology, reporting systems and quality standards.

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Green Building Council has the Solution to sustainability issues

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The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has launched a new online Solutions Library designed to address shared sustainability challenges within the property and construction sector and enhance collaboration between innovators and corporates.

UKGBC points out that many of its members have already set ambitious targets relating to their environmental and social impact, and all business members are now required to have a corporate commitment to climate action. Now it is focusing its work on enabling its members and the industry to achieve those targets.

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Resource-efficient business models in times of pandemics

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Research in sustainable production and consumption focuses on sustainable business models, which describe how a firm provides value to customers, connects to suppliers and acquires resources in a profitable and environmentally sustainable manner. Business models configured for the circular economy receive particular attention, because of their potential to reduce resources consumption, generation of exhaust materials and plastic pollution. Examples of such business models are known as Product Service Systems (PSS), systems of products, services, networks of actors and supporting infrastructure developed to be more resource efficient that traditional business models. PSS types include car-sharing services such as car clubs and bicycle sharing offerings where customers use cars and bicycles sequentially. PSS feature tangible and intangible (service) elements, and often involve shared use of products by multiple users, who do not purchase them outright, which helps deliver resource efficiency.

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Study Sustainability and Environmental Management online at Derby

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Join this webinar to discover more about studying a Sustainability and Environmental Management online at Derby The webinar includes a 30-minute presentation from Uche Okere, Academic Lead for Sustainability and Environmental Management.

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Upcoming events by University of Derby

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Our events give you the opportunity to find out more about online learning and whether it’s right for you. Please see our current timetable of upcoming events here - we update it regularly, so keep checking for updates.

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Free sustainability seminar hosted by the University of Derby Online Learning and IEMA in Nigeria

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In the past few decades the importance of sustainability and environmental management has risen on the agenda of many organisations in response to challenges posed by climate change risks and opportunities. As nations and organisations around the world move towards becoming more sustainable, environmental management professionals, business executives and professionals working across the supply chain, are now required to expand their existing skills to incorporate business sustainability skills. 

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A day in the life of an Environmental Health Officer

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I’m Christine Morrison, a Scots Gaelic speaker from the Outer Hebrides. I wasn’t really aware of Environmental Health as a career when I was in school. However, once I started working in an environmental health department, I became interested in the wide and varied range of work. 

After completing my BSc in Applied Food Science and Marketing I went on to complete an MSc in Human Nutrition and Metabolism. I then started my career in Environmental Health in 1992 as a Food Safety Officer. 

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UDOL positioned to develop 'Future Fit' environmental management professionals

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In 2014, The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) published “Skills for a Sustainable Economy: Preparing for the Perfect Storm” identifying the key environmental risks and challenges affecting businesses and the role of skilled environmental management and sustainability professionals in helping organisations adapt to the sustainability challenge. This report was updated in a 2016 publication which identified leadership, value chain, collaboration, innovation, systems thinking, long-term view, strategy, influence, procurement and review among others as ingredients needed by organisations to successfully transform to sustainability.

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ALS Environmental supports sustainability

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The Carbon Steering Team at ALS Environmental are a group of individuals who are committed to reducing the carbon footprint of their business and finding ways of supporting sustainability. Recently the team had a 6 year review and were proud to report the success that has been achieved. ALS has remarkably reduced the Total Carbon Footprint of the company by almost a third over the past six years.

In 2011 the Carbon Steering Team was created with the objective of promoting the efficient use of fuels; namely gas, electricity and diesel. All of the sites under review have dramatically reduced their carbon usage, most significantly in gas and electricity, for this period and there are plans in place to make further efficiency savings. The 2017/2018 objective was to decrease the Carbon footprint by 5-10%. For the first 5 months alone it has actually dropped by approximately 9% so they are well within target.

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Sustainable building design exemplifies city regeneration

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In November, Eight Artillery Row was presented with the BDA Chairman’s Award at the 2015 Brick Awards.

Designed by Make Architects for clients Victoria Property Holdings and LBS Properties, this competition winning design proposed the refurbishment and extension of an existing 1980s office building in Victoria to provide twenty two private residential apartments over eight levels, plus ground floor retail space.

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