Aster Group is Going for Green

Local housing association, Aster Group, is doing its bit to encourage colleagues to tackle the climate crisis by hosting its first business wide Going for Green week this week.

Colleagues from across the business have pledged one small change that they will each make to live more eco consciously.

These include having a meat-free Monday, car sharing and cutting out or reducing single use plastic. Throughout the week activities are also taking place including an expert talk from Nikki Jones, chairperson of charity Avon Needs Trees, who spoke about how people can lower their carbon footprint.

Speaking from Aster’s Devizes office, Nikki said: “The nationwide change in the conversation about the environment is phenomenal and that has sped up in the last few years.

“Whether it is taking fewer flights, shopping locally, or changing to green energy, whatever it is, do one thing at a time. Once you’ve done that one thing, stop and tell everyone, because that is how we make positive change.”

Adam Hackett, director of sustainability and energy at Aster said: “We want to show people that small changes can add up to make a big difference. All week we are sharing all the different ways people can get involved with tackling climate change and being more environmentally friendly.”

Aster sources all office and residential communal  electricity from 100% green energy suppliers and has reduced the amount of energy used in its office buildings by 38% since 2015. Across the company, Aster has also reduced business mileage by 17 per cent since 2013, collectively driving nearly 500k fewer work related miles a year.

As well as making personal pledges, our colleagues are now litter picking to clean up the local area near Aster offices.

Gloves, litterpickers and bin bags have been made available and colleagues are pledging to use them during lunch breaks or while out and about.

Lianne Olsen is a volunteer Green Champion at Aster in Poole, and came up with the idea. During her first lunchtime litter pick with colleagues, she collected five bags of rubbish from the area where she works.

Lianne said: “Litter spoils our countryside and our towns and can easily be cleaned up with a few pairs of extra hands. It doesn’t cost anything to do and you actually feel better for doing your bit for the environment.”

 

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