In 2010 Smiths Row received the Greenest Community Building Award and Alison Plumridge our Director received the Green Business Hero Award from Creating the Greenest County, and in 2011 Alison was also a finalist for the Arts and Music People and Environment Award.
We received these awards and nominations in recognition of the work we have done to reduce our carbon footprint across all areas of our work from building and office management, to exhibitions, events, education, retail and marketing. We have reduced our use of gas and electricity, and increased our recycling, reusing and pre-cycling, reducing the amount of waste that would have gone into landfill by at least 50%.
We also ran workshops for adults, children and family groups encouraging innovative recycling of everyday materials sourced from scrap stores, through free-cycle, and by using waste cardboard and sample books from interior designers. Exhibitions such as Making and Mending have promoted an interest in recycling and reinventing discarded objects into valued works of art.
Lisa King, our Gallery Administrator took part in the Green Light Trust 'Low Carbon Champions' scheme enabling her to build on our carbon policy and action plan and to implement our 'green' strategies. Please see click on our downloads page to find the policy.
We are an advocate too, providing examples of good practice and encouraging other arts organisations, charities and businesses and the public to change their behaviour. As part of this work our Director sits on a national panel for climate change in the visual arts led by the Visual Arts and Galleries Association.
In September 2010 Tracey Smith, green campaigner and author, joined us as our Green Champion, supporting us to further reduce our carbon footprint and advocating for the work we have done in this field.
Alison Plumridge (Director) talking to Tracey Smith, our new Green Champion