The First in the Second city for meeting green

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Conference Aston, one of the UK’s leading academic conference venues, is delighted to announce its success in meeting the international standards of ISO 14001, an Environmental Management Standard. The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) established the Environmental Management Systems to encourage organisations to evaluate all areas where its activities have an environmental impact.

As Birmingham’s largest residential conference centre, the impact of events on the environment has always been a top priority for the team and over the past two years, there has been a rigorous investment into ensuring each and every conference, meeting and hotel guest’s experience has a minimal effect on the environment.

Terry Davis, Quality and Development Manager for Conference Aston, has driven the venues’ environmental programme and comments: “As a team we are passionate about ensuring we are doing everything we can to provide a sustainable venue option for our customers. Throughout every single department at Conference Aston, we have the controls in place to know exactly what is coming into the conference centres and where it’s come from, and what is going out and where it’s going. Achieving the ISO 14001 accreditation is an incredible testament to the hard work and dedication we have adopted within all of our operations.”

The commitment by the venues starts early on for their customers. Terry adds: “Before people have even left their homes or offices to visit the venues, we have interactive walking maps and calorie counters online to promote a reduction in road traffic, and even if people are travelling by road, there are electric car charging points outside the venue to promote electricity over petrol.”

The ISO 14001 accreditation is the first step for Conference Aston’s sustainability promise, with further enhancements to their environmental management systems planned as part of their five year strategy.

There are a number of environmental awards within the meetings industry, but to achieve the official British Standard is an accolade the venues and the team are very proud to hold. The accreditation secures Conference Aston as the first Academic Conference Venue in Birmingham to achieve the standard and as part of Aston University in Birmingham, the venues continue the university’s exceptional reputation in environmental management with Aston’s campus having achieved the Gold Eco Campus award and First Class status in the People and Planet Green League.  

Conference Aston operates two conference centres and a 162 bedroom hotel as a subsidiary company of Aston University in Birmingham city centre, investing all surplus revenues into teaching, learning and research. The venues welcome over 50,000 conference and leisure guests to the city each year.

For further information, please contact Conference Aston Marketing Manager, Paul Bunce.

Telephone    0121 204 3064          p.s.bunce@aston.ac.uk                                www.conferenceaston.co.uk