The theme of this year’s World Green Building Week is #ourheroiszero, highlighting the drive for net zero, sustainable building across the globe. To celebrate, our team members have penned their own blogs to highlight their low carbon heroes.
by Bill Graham, Head of Property and Development
At BEC in the last few weeks we’ve been giving a lot of thought to who our sustainable heroes are. It’s all been inspired by the theme for this year’s World Green Building Week – ran annually by the World Green Building Council. This year the theme is “Our Hero is Zero”. When I think about how much we want to bring low carbon, sustainable buildings to fruition across Cumbria and beyond – it’s one of the most important weeks in the year for me.
It might be unusual to name a whole company as a Hero but I’m, going out on a limb and doing it. After all, one person can set a strategy and lay out a vision – but it’s team work that makes the dream work! My ‘Zero’ Hero is…. CarbonSense Foundation.
If you don’t know them I’ll take a moment to bring you up to speed. An independent not-for-profit company, they create and communicate innovative responses to climate change and related sustainability issues.
One of their projects that I particularly like is the “Energy Control Map” which connects the real actions of a building’s occupants to the internal energy system – at all levels from the building management system to individual appliances. Of course, being Head of Estates for BEC, I would find a way to link this to building management!
Carbon Sense gets hero status for me for a number of key reasons:
Investing in creativity. Innovative employee sustainability engagement. I used to know someone who worked there and they’d tell me how they got their teams involved. It was really creative and hard hitting. They invested time and resource in the area to create real impact. Internal communication is often the missing step in companywide sustainability engagement.
People first. They could be talking about any aspect of suitability and always it would come back to one thing. PEOPLE. Whatever they do they focus on people and positive impact they can have. After all, we change the world and technology just enables us.
Set up. CarbonSense are an independent, not for profit business. Like BEC with its Profit for Purpose ethos and limited company status, they explored the options that would allow them to thrive and meet their mission sooner. Too often companies can start out with the wrong structure and hem themselves in later on. Foresight for growth is critical for all companies looking to make a big difference in the world.
Creativity, people at the heart and the right set up – that’s how you drive heroic actions.
I hope they can inspire you during World Green Building Week as much as they inspire me.