Elmwood College is pleased to announce that they have become the first college in the Scotland to be awarded the SGS Energy Performance certification, highlighting that they are an environmentally aware college.
Property & Buildings Manager, Gordon Ogilvie said, “Whilst the College has had an environmental policy in place for a number of years, the general issue of sustainability has become more and more apparent in recent years. As a result this new mandatory certificate has been introduced to make sure that any business premises with more than 1000 square foot comply with modern environmental requirements.”
He continued, “With the help and passion of our team at Elmwood, we have developed a process that will create designs which minimise the negative impact on the environment. The certificate is a key achievement and will help drive our dedication and focus to this ever important area during daily operations. We are committed to fully introducing a range of initiatives to encourage all staff and students to be more environmentally friendly.”
Environmental concerns, growing public pressure and regulatory measures are changing the way people do business around the world. Customers, consumers and shareholders are increasingly demanding environmental-friendly products and services that are delivered by socially responsible companies. It is becoming increasingly important for organisations to demonstrate that not only their philosophies but also their investment strategies and day-to-day operations are sustainable.
Michael Gribben, of SGS United Kingdom Ltd said: “Elmwood has clearly shown how certification can form an important part of its business and marketing strategy. In order to gain the certificate, the team has made great strides to improve its environmental impact, demonstrating their commitment to develop ‘excellence’ in sustainable business practice, with a variety of ideas moving forward. Elmwood are very enthusiastic and it’s encouraging to find that all staff there has the same attitude.”
The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognised as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With more than 53,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.