Bristol-based charity the St Monica Trust extends care into sphere of sustainability with The Planet Mark Certification

Apr 8, 2019 | News

By <a href="" target="_self">George Catchpole</a>

By George Catchpole

Marketing Manager

The Planet Mark

St Monica Trust:

Bristol-based charity the St Monica Trust extends care into sphere of sustainability with The Planet Mark Certification

This, the St Monica Trust’s first year of business carbon footprint reporting saw the specialist care home calculate the emissions of four of its five retirement villages across Bristol and North Somerset.

The Planet Mark certificate was presented to the St Monica Trust by Steve Malkin, CEO at their newest £60 million retirement village, The Chocolate Quarter in Keynsham.; “The St Monica Trust is a remarkable charity committed to supporting and celebrating the lives of older people, now and in the years to come. Sustainability is at the very heart of its operations and is helping to ensure delivery of the highest quality care now and in the future. We are delighted that The Planet Mark is helping embody this vision by bringing together residents and staff and embedding sustainability into the wonderful communities they create.”

Facilities Operations Manager, Mark Thomas said: “Committing to The Planet Mark is key to us. Not only in measuring our carbon footprint, but actually being true to the values of the St Monica Trust by being open and honest about our impact on the environment. First year of certification to The Planet Mark is based on The Trust’s commitment to achieving continuous improvement in sustainability in its business operations by measuring and reducing carbon emissions and engaging stakeholders.”

The St Monica Trust has achieved certification to The Planet Mark by showing good practice in sustainability including:

  • Measuring carbon emissions from buildings, waste, water, fleet, travel and paper
  • Storing 260 tonnes of CO2 by protecting one acre of endangered rainforest through the charity Cool Earth
  • Committing to engage employees and suppliers to drive improvement
  • Investing in the Eden Project to support education on climate change

 To assist the St Monica Trust in achieving its sustainability goals in their next reporting period, The Planet Mark team have made a number of recommendations:

  • Carry out energy audits throughout the organisation’s estate
  • Introduce a ‘switch off’ awareness campaign
  • Produce and implement an organisational-wide Sustainability Plan
  • Develop staff engagement programmes and workshops focusing on energy reduction and sustainability awareness
  • Increase the availability of recycling facilities throughout the organisation’s estate

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