A Golden Era achieved for MeetinLeeds

The University's conference sites have once again improved in the national Green Tourism Business Scheme.

 The University of Leeds had its first conference sites accredited by the Scheme, when Dobree House, Storm Jameson Court, and Whetton House all achieved Gold in 2011. Subsequently, seven further sites have also been audited under the scheme, which requires that each site is visited every two years, to monitor performance and continual improvement, across various aspects of environmental management.

Last December, an auditor returned to visit five sites that included the Residences of Devonshire Hall, Ellerslie Hall, Lyddon Hall, Oxley Residences, and the conference/meeting venue of University House. For Ellerslie and Lyddon Hall, this was certainly a test of if and how they had improved since the last audit visit in 2012, when they had achieved a Silver.

The auditor reviewed existing evidence of work undertaken on each site; interviewed appropriate staff; and then conducted a walk-around of each venue, to verify that the sites were true to the evidence received. Following a period of submitting final evidence, the auditor’s final reports were duly received, and Ellerslie and Lyddon had achieved the Gold standard, along with their other fellow sites.

This success now means that all ten accredited University of Leeds sites have achieved Gold, and is a testament to the work and enthusiasm of the management and staff involved.

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