Welcome to Sustainability News
The regular newsletter from Davies Veterinary Specialists Green Group, bringing you all the latest resources, training, events and publications to help you improve environmental sustainability in your practice.
Investors in the Environment
Join us in congratulating our Sustainability champion Ellie West on her award for ‘Sustainability Influencer’ at the iiE awards which took place in October, an incredibly hard earned award, recognising the amazing amount of outreach, speaking, publishing and resource creation she undertakes (see vetspecialists.co.uk/sustainability).
This wasn’t just an individual award though; Davies also won ‘Sustainability Influencer’ in the Business category and were awarded the iiE’s highest Green accreditation for the second year running. This is an absolutely incredible team achievement and we send a special thanks to all our colleagues for all their ongoing and enthusiastic engagement with the Terracycling, recycling, reusable masks, scrub hats, gowns coffee cups and water bottles.
Click here to read more about the Awards in our news story.
Davies also sponsored the ‘Natural Environment Champion’ Award. This award was won by Manchester NHS trust for improving green space to increase carbon sequestration, local biodiversity and reduce noise and air pollution.
In very recent news, North Downs Specialist Referrals have just received their Silver level iiE accreditation, as part of the Linnaeus group iiE scheme. Congratulations!
Metacam are tackling plastic waste by providing one, newly developed, syringe that can be used for all dogs <70kg.
Sustainable brewery Brewdog have hit headlines for their bold carbon negative business approach. They DOUBLE offset the carbon footprint of their entire business, the personal carbon footprint of every single team member AND all their team members pooches with plans to grow one of the UK’s largest, 2000 acre biodiverse native woodlands.
The giki zero app allows you to explore and monitor your own carbon footprint and discover fun and innovative ways to reduce your impact: https://zero.giki.earth
Highlights from Davies
Green Group and Marketing ran a successful campaign for National Recycling week, which took place from 21st to 28th September, on Instagram and Facebook.
Danny Baylis (Maintenance) organised a donation of uncollected cat carriers to a local Blue Cross shelter who were in desperate need.
A Karcher steam cleaner has been introduced for the new MRI suite, this will help to reduce chemicals and water usage for cleaning.
We recently installed an eco-dishwasher in the staff room to reduce water usage.
We have switched back to Clinell wipes and collect the packets for Terracycle.
Emma-Louise Hiddle is amending Davies fleeces for donation to DOTS who will distribute these along with our excess coffee cups across the homeless community they support.
Keystone species in rewilding
Keystone species act as ecosystem engineers, by reforming habitats. In Yellowstone National Park, USA, you can see ‘How Wolves Change Rivers’ (https://youtu.be/ysa5OBhXz-Q) by altering the behaviour of grazing deer. In the UK, this year’s publication of Bringing Back the Beaver – Derek Gow shows how the Beaver, extinct in this country since the 16th century, is being reintroduced and is creating nature-rich habitats as well as reducing the risk of flood damage.(www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/our-positions-and-casework/our-positions/species/beaver-reintroduction-in-the-uk)
We’d love to hear from you…
If you have any ideas about how we can be more sustainable, please contact our Green Group manager Rachel Evans (email@example.com).
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