Petroc’s sustainability initiative shortlisted in national awards

Petroc’s Empowering Enterprise project was shortlisted at The Planet Mark Awards 2018.

Sustainability champions and enlightened leaders were amongst those being celebrated at the ceremony, which was hosted at Sadlers Wells Theatre in London in October.

The college’s Empowering Enterprise is a project which seeks to engage over 600 of Devon’s most socially-excluded young people and work with them to develop their employability and life skills, giving them the confidence to return to employment, education or training. The project is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. It is delivered across the whole of Devon by a partnership of 16 organisations.

Central to Empowering Enterprise is the theme of sustainability: at the design stage of the project, Petroc developed a detailed and ambitious sustainability action plan to achieve environmental, social and economic legacies beyond the life of the project. In order to evidence real gain in terms of environmental sustainability, the college wanted to create a tool that would show meaningful results, rather than make statements and commitments to improve environmental sustainability without being able to demonstrate measurable outcomes. For this reason, the Empowering Enterprise team approached Planet First for help developing a tool to evidence the outcomes of the partnership’s efforts to be more ‘green’.

With Planet First’s support, the project’s team developed the Empowering Enterprise Carbon Calculator for use across the partnership. This measures the travel, paper use, utilities and waste associated with delivery of the project across the whole of Devon.

The Carbon Calculator initiative was shortlisted for the Supply Chain Engagement Award, which was for the ‘best example of sustainability messaging or initiatives aimed at engaging your supply chain’.

Jenn Fuller, project manager, said: “We didn’t win, but we were pleased to be shortlisted and found the event to be most inspirational, with an entertaining and thought-provoking talk by Sir Tim Smit, founder of the Eden Project and supporter of Planet First and the Planet Mark. The talk can be viewed here:


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