GreenSquare has been recognised for its efforts to reduce environmental impacts by being awarded Silver status from the Sustainability Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT).
The SHIFT Index is a sustainability benchmark and best practice learning network. Over 50 organisations are involved and SHIFT members represent over 2 million residents nationwide. The assessment methodology, developed with the input of registered housing providers, covers sustainability performance in existing homes, new build homes, offices, and strategic and operational plans.
SHIFT certificates were presented by the Rt Hon Lord Deben PC, Chairman of Committee on Climate Change and Robin Lawler, President of the Chartered Institute of Housing at the 2012 Homes Conference dinner. SHIFT members were congratulated on their work to measure and reduce their environmental impacts at a glittering function at the Excel Centre in London.
GreenSquare executive director Tom Pritchard, who received the award on behalf of GreenSquare, said: “This award is great news for GreenSquare and is recognition of our commitment to adopting sustainability principles and policies that are intrinsically linked to providing the best living environments for our current residents and those of future generations.
“These principles cover all aspects of the Group’s work from land buying and development through to regeneration, our offices and operations, and all the services to residents in between.”
Lord Deben commented: “These organisations have stepped forward to be independently assessed. I commend the members of SHIFT for working to reduce their impacts on so many levels and benchmarking their performance against their peers.”
Rt Hon Gregory Barker, MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change had this to say of SHIFT members: “Energy prices are rising, and we face challenging carbon reduction targets. I am delighted to see SHIFT members taking action to understand their environmental impacts, including energy use, through independent assessment – and then working to reduce them.”