TIC Green Tourism Gold Award event in TIC, April 2019.

Inside Strathclyde Gold award is icing on the (vegan) cake!

Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) Sustainability team recently hosted a lunch event to celebrate the building being awarded Gold status by Green Tourism, the largest sustainable certification scheme of its kind in the world.

The Gold award, which is the highest level of accreditation, is given to members who are seen as ‘inspirational and outstanding’ and who achieve the highest standards of sustainability.

In attendance was Stuart Park, Lead Assessor and Technical Performance Manager at Green Tourism, who explained that a Green Tourism Award demonstrates a commitment towards people, places and the planet, and outlined why assessors who visited the world-class research centre scored it an impressive 83.7 per cent.

TIC Gold Award and Certificate for Green TourismThe TIC’s environmentally friendly credentials were praised in the assessors’ report, highlighting that “visitor procurement choices are very green” and that there is “a strong green team in place”. Also identified were opportunities for further development and improvement moving forward which will help the team to develop the sustainability agenda even further.

Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convenor for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction at Glasgow City Council, who presented the Gold Award to the TIC team, spoke of the future sustainable projects and developments in and around the Glasgow City Innovation District.

This latest accolade is the culmination of a journey which began back in November 2017, and led to the TIC achieving the Bronze Award in January 2018, swiftly followed by the Silver Award in July that year.

Lesley Turan, Business Development Executive and Sustainability lead for TIC, outlined some of the steps taken:  

  • ‘Experience Glasgow Leaflet’ encouraging visitors to walk, cycle or use electric cars
  • Staff involvement in JUMP, the University wide engagement programme with sustainability and wellbeing related activities
  • Circle Lab, a Glasgow Chamber of Commerce initiative, whereby staff encourage clients to reuse event materials as part of the circular economy
  • Battery buckets for staff and visitors to TIC
  • Recently installed water dispenser to encourage visitors to refill their own bottles and reduce plastic waste
  • New stationery in conference room, including recycled pencils instead of pens and sheets of paper instead of pads
  • All office paper in TIC is 100% recycled paper
  • Use of digital signage
  • Involvement in the University’s Community Garden
  • New healthier menus with more vegan items

Before inviting guests to enjoy the specially made vegan cake, Gordon Hodge, Head of Conferencing and Events, praised the team’s hard work and recognised the unwavering support, advice and input from colleagues in the Sustainable Strathclyde team. 

He added: “Since TIC welcomes a high proportion of public sector and corporate clients, public recognition of TIC’s sustainable credentials and practices is really important for revenue and reputation. 

“The work that has gone into achieving this accreditation has helped the TIC team to consider and develop elements of the delivery, and to encourage their clients to do the same.”