Silver award marks mall’s green status
June 06, 2011
A town centre shopping mall has won national accreditation for its environmental initiatives.
The Broad Street Mall has been given silver award status in the Green Achiever scheme after introducing a number of procedures to reduce waste and save energy.
The mall is one of only two shopping centres in the UK to gain the title, which demonstrates the positive action an organisation has taken to care for the environment.
Centre manager Steve Fawke has introduced a new compactor for general waste, two balers that produce half tonne bales of plastic and cardboard, and ‘waste-to-zero’ food waste digestion units, which break down food waste to ‘grey’ water, which is then discharged into the sewer.
The whole package has helped reduce the centre’s annual landfill bill of £100,000.
Mr Fawke said: “While public toilets are equipped with water-saving taps and flushes, simple maintenance checks on tenants’ taps have resulted in fewer leaks and reduced water consumption.
“Energy saving measures in place include local lighting control in the canopy and central atrium, a nightly power-down process, switching off the escalator when not in public use and the installation of two new condensing gas boilers.”
Silver status was awarded after Mr Fawke registered the mall at www.greenachiever.co.uk, developed by environmental consultant E4environment, and completed a questionnaire.
Deborah Cairns, operations manager at E4environment, said: “The staff and management at Broad Street Mall are demonstrating a conviction to enhancing their green status that not only sets a standard for others to follow, but will save the organisation money too.”