The Sunday Times have published their top 60 Best Green Companies list for 2011 with first time entrant Equity Solutions, the private sector partner of Community 1st Oldham, taking the 39th spot and 5th place in the category "Small companies (50-249 employees) with low environmental impact".
The accolade recognises companies in the UK for their exceptional environmental standards, innovation and employee engagement in their green initiatives.
"Competition for places in our top 60 has been intense and the quality of entries has reached the highest standard yet", said Alastair McCAll, Editor for the Sunday Times Green List in his congratulatory letter to Equity Solutions. "You should celebrate your achievement in qualifying for this list, which is becoming the industry benchmark for environmental performance allied to worker engagement".
The areas of activities that have been examined include, among many others: investments made to improve company's environmental performance, green community programs with employee participation, sharing environmental best practice, incentives for sustainable commuting, generating energy on-site by using renewable technology, carbon, energy and water reduction, and many more.
Community 1st Oldham benefits from the 'green' expertise and investment in innovative sustainability best practice and new technologies of Equity Solutions and its supply chain.
This includes market leading environmental consultancy services from bluesky environmental (www.blue-sky-environmental.co.uk) and Green2Go's (www.green2go.org.uk) innovative bio-fuelled combined heat and power (CHP) generation systems.
Green2Go's on-site bio-fuel CHP generators are a unique feature of a number of Community 1st Oldham public buildings across the borough with Oldham Integrated Care Centre, Royton Wellbeing Centre, Chadderton Wellbeing Centre and the under construction Werneth Primary Care Centre benefitting from the technology and up to 90% reduction in carbon emissions as well as the ability to export surplus electricity back to the grid to further increase the carbon savings.
The CHP plant is fuelled by a bio-liquid fuel based 100% on a waste product (used cooking oil) which could have otherwise ended up in land fill and is collected from the local area.
This approach has not only provided measurable carbon reduction statistics across the Community 1st Oldham premises across the borough but also national recognition for the market leading innovative use of sustainable technologies such as Green2Go in these public buildings.
' Green' public building, Chadderton Wellbeing Centre in Oldham , recently received the following recognitions;
· Sustainability Award Winner, National LIFT Awards 2010,
· Sustainability Award Winner, North West RICS awards 2010, and
· Shortlisted in the sustainability category, National RICS awards 2010
For further information please contact Community 1st Oldham LIFTCo