Conference Aston, Birmingham’s largest residential conferencing venue, is celebrating after attaining a TripAdvisor gold GreenLeader award for its commitment to environmentally friendly practices.

The venue, which is part of Aston University, achieved certification after it satisfied the leading travel review company that it is working consistently to reduce its carbon footprint, to introduce greener facilities and to cut waste.

As part of the exacting process, Conference Aston had to complete a comprehensive survey that focused on energy- and water-saving practices; waste processes; purchasing processes; the site; and innovation and education.

Robert Nowakowski, Conference Aston’s building services manager who has spent the past five years improving the venue’s environmental credentials, said: “We’re thrilled to have achieved the gold TripAdvisor GreenLeader certification. More than ever, guests, particularly those booking corporate events and conferences, are aware that their actions have an impact on the environment, so many are keen to do what they can to help reduce that.

Conference Aston's Robert Nowakowski with the venue's TripAdvisor gold GreenLeader award

Conference Aston's Robert Nowakowski with the venue's TripAdvisor gold GreenLeader award

“By choosing a gold GreenLeader hotel such as Conference Aston, guests know that they are staying in a venue that is making a concerted effort to minimise environmental harm. Having this gold award on the most visible online platform for hotel and venue reviews is fantastic because it demonstrates our commitment to being as green as possible.”

Among the initiatives that Conference Aston has introduced to be more environmentally friendly are replacing traditional lighting with LEDs with sensors, reducing electricity consumption; installing water-saving shower heads in hotel rooms; reducing waste paper; and installing electric vehicle charging points.

Over the past three years, Conference Aston has reduced its water consumption by 8% and has cuts its electricity consumption by over 13%, despite an increasing number of visitors.

It has an in-house ‘green wall’ to communicate its environmental targets and achievements to visitors and staff, and it is also working with its waste management company to weigh the waste it produces so that it can keep track of how much waste it recycles and how much goes to landfill.

Wilson Vale, Conference Aston’s food and beverage provider, is also playing its part, by reducing waste and its carbon footprint, as well as sourcing local produce, where possible.

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PR by Clive Reeves PR in Birmingham