As a recognition of our continued efforts to act in an environmentally friendly manor, The Conservtion Volunteers at Forest Farm in Wales have been awarded the 'Green Dragon' environmental standard Level 3. The award shows that we have achieved a recognised UKAS Accredited and Independently inspected Environmental Management System (EMS), and shows that we are abiding by the legislation and are controlling our activities to ensure we are protecting the environment.
Our Environmental Management System helps us to understand our true impact and gives us a means to reduce that impact by focusing on areas such as waste production, mileage and electricity usage. One example of The Conservation Volunteers making changes within the workplace this year is a Behaviour Change project funded by Environment Wales Supporting Sustainable Living scheme, which has enabled the Environmental Office Champion to run competitions and challenges amongst the staff and volunteers, raising awareness of the amount of lights left on in the farm on a regular basis.
Using the EMS means that TCV can continually improve our environmental performance, finding new and interesting ways to reduce our carbon footprint.