We are proud to have received a Green Award in the 2019 Investor in the Environment (iiE) awards for the fifth consecutive year, highlighting our commitment to improving the environment and the communities we work in.
We have been accredited to the Investors in the Environment scheme since 2011, achieving its highest level Green Award accreditation for the first time in 2015.
We have adopted the ‘One Planet Framework’ for its environmental strategy, which allows us to reduce our external impact and ensure the continual improvement of our performance.
Among our environmental achievements, we have completed the largest social housing PV panel installation project in the country – installing panels on over 5,400 homes. We have supported the creation of the Westwood Community Garden as part of our role as the locally trusted organisation for the WestRaven Big Local community regeneration scheme, and our Estate Ranger team are keen recyclers, using previously dumped materials to provide community garden areas in our neighbourhoods. Plus, since 2008 we have reduced the carbon footprint of our head office by 44%, with a combination of building improvements, employee engagement in energy saving campaigns and the installation of solar panels.
Our Chief Executive, Claire Higgins, said: “As a landlord and community organisation we have a huge responsibility to do all we can to reduce the impact of our actions on the environment. From small steps like making our developments as wildlife friendly as possible and recycling landfill waste into useful community amenities, through to large projects like our solar panel installation we will always look at innovative and creative ways to save our planet for future generations.”