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Freshney Place Shopping Centre achieves IIE Silver accreditation

Posted: Wednesday 25th July

We are delighted to have been awarded an Investor in the Environment (iiE) Silver level accreditation. The award acknowledges businesses whose practices show a commitment to reducing their environmental impact whilst evidencing a continued improvement in environmental performance.

The award comes during our year-long Green Grimsby campaign, which aims to drive greater awareness of environmental concerns, including sustainability and a greener approach to living amongst shopping centre colleagues and visitors.

Our Operations Manager, Neil Grice has also scooped a prestigious iiE award, winning ‘Best Green Champion 2018’ for Yorkshire and Humberside, an accolade that recognises the efforts and achievements of individual Green Champions that have gone ‘above and beyond’. Neil’s central involvement in our Green Grimsby campaign was cited by the iiE as one of the reasons he won this award.

In order to achieve such accolades, organisations are required to achieve good scores in the iiE’s criteria and have brought about innovative actions or community efforts that have a positive effect on the environment. Examples of the criteria include measuring usage, setting environmental targets, having environmental policies in place and creating travel plans. We achieved a 96% iiE Criteria Score, with a strong set of action plans with six additional actions including our Green Grimsby project.

Amanda Austin, Centre Director at Freshney Place Shopping Centre said: “We’re delighted to have received this award and very proud of Neil for his contribution in making Freshney Place Shopping Centre a more sustainable business.

“As an established business that is rapidly approaching its 50th Birthday we are very conscious of being environmentally ethical. We work closely with our service providers, revise our working methods and involve our local community. We all need to step up and be responsible which was why we came up with the Green Grimsby initiative.”

Becky Taylor from Investors in the Environment said: “Freshney Place has really gone for it this year and their results far exceed the requirements of Silver level accreditation. They have a strong team mentality and had an excellent set of action plans, fabulous resource reductions and their ‘Green Grimsby’ project – Freshney are well on their way to achieving Green level accreditation and I look forward to seeing their continued improvements and green initiatives over the coming year.”

Freshney Place Green Grimsby, which runs throughout 2018, aligns itself with the town’s reputation as the renewable energy capital of the UK and aims to drive greater awareness of the environment, sustainability and a greener approach to living through a series of corporate partnerships, events and activities.