We started by undertaking an environmental analysis of the business to see which areas we need to improve and the areas which we are already doing right. Its highlighted how much more we can do, but we were pleasantly surprised to see we are doing ok!
We scored very highly on supporting local businesses, encouraging alternative transport, using local suppliers and encouraging guests to explore the local area before traveling away from St Ives (and if they do to use public transport).
Our main area to improve in is utility efficiency, even though all our appliances are less than 3 years old and A rated, we feel there is an opportunity to reduce our consumption levels considerably. To tackle this we are looking into alternative lighting as LED technology advances, managing heating systems more proactively and reducing water consumption. This may sound simple, but we want the guest experience to be the same, if not better.
To follow our Green Change programme keep an eye on this space.