News story published on 29 November 2013
Cross Keys Homes is celebrating today having won the Peterborough Telegraph’s Environmental Achievement Award.
The award recognises the hard work and commitment Cross Keys Homes has put in to reducing its carbon footprint and waste. The housing association has successfully cut its carbon footprint in half over the last five years and now send no waste to landfill – even the fly-tipped items picked up from its estates.
The organisation set up a working group called Green Scene to oversee the delivery and monitoring of the environmental strategy. Work to date has included the installation of solar PV panels on the head office building, encouraging staff to travel in a sustainable way and the implementation of a green procurement policy to which all suppliers must agree.
The organisation is now taking its commitment a step further, by putting solar panels on all suitable properties that it owns (which will be around a quarter of its 10,000 homes). This will enable tenants to benefit from free electricity as well as reducing their carbon emissions.
Claire Higgins, Director of Operations at Cross Keys Homes, and Chair of the organisation’s Green Scene working group, is delighted with the award: “It was absolutely fantastic to win, as an acknowledgement of all the hard work we have put into building Cross Keys Homes into a truly sustainable business. We have a responsibility to our staff, tenants and the city as a whole to do all we can to make our business as ‘green’ as possible and we are committed to assisting Peterborough in its quest to be the UK’s environment capital. We are really delighted to achieve such an accolade”