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News: Sundial Venues achieve Gold Environmental Status

5 May 2010

All three Sundial Venues met the requirements of the International Association of Conference Centres' stringent environmental criteria to be awarded the coveted "Green Star" accreditation in 2010.

IACC comprises nearly 300 member conference centres worldwide, representing the planet's finest meeting and training venues. Recognising its responsibility to operate in as environmentally-friendly a manner as possible, the association developed its Code of Sustainability in 2009, and invited all of its members to assess their progress in 55 actions designed to minimise a venue's impact.

All three Sundial Venues passed with flying colours in 2009 and 2010, achieving recognition in the Gold Tier. Highgate House in Northamptonshire has 52 of the 55 practices in place, giving it a score of 95%. Barnett Hill in Guildford and Woodside in Kenilworth both have 47 in place, resulting in scores of 87% given that one of the practices was not applicable to their locations.

Tim Chudley, Managing Director and Green Champion of Sundial Group, recognises that any score less than 100% means there is still work to do. "Although we are naturally delighted to have reached the Gold Tier again, I have asked the teams at the properties to ensure plans are in place to achieve full marks next year," promised Tim.

"Within Sundial we also have our own internal Action Plans against which we measure our progress in 75 areas, so we will be reviewing these over the next couple of months to make sure the two lists are completely harmonised. Our balanced scorecard - the tool we use to assess our overall performance and employee bonus structure - has a sustainability measure based on carbon emissions, so we are constantly measuring and reducing our impact on the beautiful locations we are so lucky to occupy."

"At a time when everyone else is focusing so relentlessly on reducing costs, we at Sundial have not lost sight of the bigger picture."

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