Our approach to sustainability at Rothamsted Conference Centre
Businesses are increasingly conscious of making their events sustainable, in line with ISO 20121, where possible. At Rothamsted Conference Centre, we are proud of our credentials as a sustainable venue, and work hard to support our clients with their Corporate Social Responsibility goals.
The ISO 20121 definition of sustainability:
“In a nutshell, sustainability is about how an organisation continues to run its activities in a commercially successful way whilst contributing towards a stronger and more just society and reducing its impact on the environment. To achieve ISO 20121, an organisation will need to demonstrate that it has considered within its management system all key financial, economic, social and environmental issues relevant to its operations.”
Some of the ways we supports our clients to run sustainable events:
- Our buildings at Rothamsted are BREEAM accredited, which means our conference centre building has been planned with the environment in mind, and has a smart heating/cooling system.
- We encourage use of public transport to our venues, we are 15 minute walk from Harpenden train station.
- We are supporting the 20% less plastic movement, in line with the Meeting Industry Association‘s pledge for 2020.
- We offer a sustainable DDR package which provides delegates with our excellent service and facilities while reducing plastic and waste.
- Our chefs limit meat on the menus, and offer many vegan and vegetarian dishes every day in our restaurant and menus.
- We use local food providers where possible.
- We encourage event planners to discuss their events with our team over the phone and view our rooms by virtual tour, rather than visiting in person to limit unnecessary travel.
- We offer state of the art Audio Visual and video conferencing technology to minimise unnecessary travel for delegates.
- Electric charger parking spaces are available in our large car parks.
- All profits generated by Rothamsted Enterprises are ploughed directly back into the agricultural research into climate change and food security carried out at Rothamsted Research.