Manchester Metropolitan University
“The only IMPACT your conference should have is the quality of the content.”
Conference and events officer, Emily Gilhooley, offers some insight into organising sustainable events.
We were the first University in the UK to receive the ISO14001:2015 standard and hold first position in the People and Planet University League. Of course, we’re lucky to have some of the sectors most sustainable buildings, but myself and my colleagues in the Conference and Events team want to play a positive role in reducing the environmental and increasing the positive social impact of conference and meeting activity.
We’re proud of our sustainability credentials and hold the highest possible accreditation under the Green Tourism Business Scheme. As food and drink are essential components to an event, it is important that it is produced with minimal damage to the environment and with respect to animal welfare. Our suppliers demonstrate their commitment to ethical and sustainability practices and we use trusted suppliers who support the local economy. We provide Fairtrade tea and coffee as well as One Water, which funds clean water projects in Africa. We are committed to raising food allergy awareness and hold a two-star “Excellent” rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association, which measures our practices across sourcing, society and environment, involving healthy eating, community engagement and energy efficiency.
Keen to promote sustainable travel, we use various platforms to encourage visitors to plan their greenest route to the University. We have electric car park chargers across the Manchester campus and visitors can access a carbon calculator on our website to help them measure and offset their carbon emissions.
We were delighted when Manchester Met received the Business Disability Forum Gold Standard. We work hard to embed equality and fairness into everything we do and visitor safety and enjoyment is really important. We have created access guides and maps for our guests, highlighting the accessible car parking close to our venues. There are hearing loop facilities in many of our lecture theatres as well as the accessible bedrooms in our residences. The en-suite accommodation has wheelchair friendly lifts and kitchen surfaces, which can move in height as well as deaf-alerters to waken those who may have visual or aural impairments. Conference delegates are given recycled pads and pens and printed products are limited. We supply eco-friendly toiletries and wildflower seeds to residential guests, and provide reusable cups to encourage delegates to use tap water.
Since 2017, Manchester Met’s Conference and Events team have committed to collect direct donations of £1 from each Conference Day Delegate Rate for Big Change MCR.
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Tel: 0161 247 1565
Address: Manchester Metropolitan University, Conference & Events, All Saints Campus, Manchester, M15 6BG