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 Michael Pemberton – CEO Britain’s Energy Coast (BEC)
When I instigated the strategic review of BEC in 2016 that set it on its path to commercial security, I knew that sustainability and low carbon dreams had to be at the very heart of what we did. We started with a golden thread and let the business mission evolve around it.
We’ve now got a clear path and are dedicated to being low carbon pioneers as we make changes to our existing commercial property assets and bring new building developments to reality. This is the first World Green Building Week that we’ve taken part in and I’ve really enjoyed pondering on who my hero is under the #OurHeroIsZero theme.
So, without further ado, in honour of WGBW2017… the sustainable heroes who inspire me to live in a zero-carbon building world are… THE WOMBLES.
Culture: Think about it. Who better represents keeping sustainability at the core of your culture than those fuzzy residents of Wimbledon Common. They make the most of everything, cleaning up and recycling is an embedded way of life.
Creativity: On their mission to “Make Good Use of Bad Rubbish”, the Wombles have to be very creative. They never know what materials they’ll be working with, keeping an open mind every episode.
Coaching: If only The Wombles did apprentice schemes! I loved watching Tobermory coaching Wellington in his inventing adventures. The Wombles knew that if we give young people/ industry newbies the right foundations (in the Womblegarten) together with the right freedom to experiment, they’ll be well equipped to solve whatever challenges come tomorrow.
To me, everyone working in the sustainable building sector is a Womble – so let’s get cleaning up and recycle our way to a zero-carbon building future.