Camden Arts Centre Environmental Policy
Updated October 2015
Camden Arts Centre is a dynamic place for seeing, making and talking about art. We’re a world-class contemporary visual arts space, dedicated to engaging with the highest calibre artists from across the international arts scene. Similarly we are dedicated to reducing our environmental impact, and proud of our commitment to environmental sustainability, through energy conservation, waste reduction, and recycling.
Our Environmental Policy takes a prominent place in all of our operations; from procurement to staff travel, from cleaning products to energy consumption.
We proudly display our achievements, alongside the areas we’d like to improve on. We’ve already achieved a great deal, but acknowledge there’s work to be done.
Our Past Achievements
• A reduction of 25% in waste sent to landfill. This was achieved by composting raw food waste and paper serviettes from the staff room and Café, and by increasing centre-wide recycling.
• A 12% reduction in fuel bills; achieved by procurement of new energy efficient IT equipment, engaging staff in practices of switching off lights in empty rooms, and by turning down the office heating by 2°C.
• Building improvements through Arts Council England Small Capital Scheme: LED gallery lighting, lagging on spiral ducting (air handling unit), LED lighting in garden (moving from halogen capsule lighting).
• Participation in GLA Re-Fit Scheme with building wide survey. Areas to be improved:
- More energy efficient lead boiler
- Improvements to building lighting
• Winner and Runner up in Camden Council’s “Better Climate for Camden” EECO awards.
• Camden Council Climate Change Alliance membership.
• Assigning responsibility for environmental performance to a Facilities role and collaborating with other galleries around the UK for sharing of best practice. We currently meet with Ikon, Hepworth, Whitechapel, ICA, SLG plus Cultural Camden Group Shared Services: Hampstead Theatre, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Roundhouse.
• Programming work which raises awareness of our environment, such as the Ruth Ewan exhibition and Volunteer Gardening Project 2015.
• 100% of staff travelling to work by public transport, cycling or walking.
• Participation in a cycle to work scheme whereby staff can purchase a bike and pay back in instalments.
• Installing timers on water heaters to reduce energy use, and improving pipework to our heating system to reduce water usage.
• Environmentally sound office supplies procurement, through Camden Council accredited suppliers.
• All cleaning products are environmentally friendly.
• A comprehensive insulation programme, beginning with the internal cladding of the two main galleries; and consultation for the exterior cladding of the newer parts of the building.
• Installing 3 hand dryers into the toilet facilities and removing the hand towels.
• Ensuring new staff are aware of our environmental policy through induction processes.
• Monitoring of our carbon footprint through installing medic metering for detailed analysis of energy use as part of the Re-Fit programme, with a view to continued energy reduction.
• A further reduction in waste sent to landfill, and an increase in our recycling.
• Application pending to London Borough of Camden for further building improvements such as solar panels, water collection tanks for rain water and sensor taps for toilets.
• Small, but widespread changes to our plant and facilities to provide better energy efficiency savings. For example, foil behind radiators, more comprehensive pipe lagging, and incremental swapping out of higher wattage light bulbs and florescent tubes for more efficient types. Continued identification of small gaps and cracks near window and door surrounds to remove drafts and heat loss. Review the option of sensors for toilet lighting.
• Continue to develop a Gallery network which can look at sharing knowledge and resources nationwide.
• Produce a study of one future exhibition assessing all areas of environmental impact including transport and materials.
• Continue to programme work which raises awareness of our environment.
Embedding our Policy within the organisation:
As an organisation we must take responsibility for our consumption, waste and procurement. The responsibility for managing each of these starts with our staff, is supported by our management and trustees, and is visible to our users. Above all, the very real benefits to us ‘going green’ should be to the environment, both globally and locally. We should see ourselves as a beacon of good practice, of what can be done to limit pollution, save energy and practise recycling. All visitors and all staff should feel able to engage with our environmental programme, in the same way they do with our exhibition and education programmes, and with just as much integrity.