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Environmental Policy

Last updated: October 2019

What are our environmental and sustainability commitments?

We are committed to minimising the impact of our activities on the environment across our organisation.


We integrate environmental concerns into all planning and design decisions and maintenance and management of the building.

We continually seek to measure and improve environmental performance.

This is particularly important as we embark on our capital development  – we will ensure that our planned new building  is BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method)  standard excellent and represents industry best practice.

Training and awareness

We aim to raise all stakeholders awareness of environmental issues and promote individual good practice through briefings and the presence of Environmental Sustainability Group.


We require suppliers to provide goods and services with the minimum adverse environmental impact.

We seek to ensure that goods and materials purchased comply fully with UK government and EU legislation and recognised environmental best practice.

Utilities and natural resources

We seek to make efficient and environmentally responsible use of energy, water and other natural resources.


We seek to minimise waste by ensuring all operations are as efficient as possible.

We actively promote re-use and recycling, both internally and with suppliers.


The use of cars for single occupant journeys is discouraged; staff are encouraged to use public transport, cycle and walk to work.

Air travel will be used only where there is no alternative viable option.


We will aim to meet or exceed all the environmental legislation that relates to the UK.


All staff are required to take measures to minimise environment impact through simple measures.

Managers and heads of department will ensure that environmental issues are integrated into the planning and decision-making process.


We will communicate environmental performance both within the organisation and to the external community through our communications channels and reporting process.

The Environmental Working Group will monitor the organisations environmental impact and review this policy statement annually.

What has Watershed achieved so far in terms of sustainability?

Watershed’s cross-departmental environmental and sustainability group works to deliver Watershed's Environmental Action Plan and reports to Julie’s Bicycle and Arts Council England on our energy usage.

It has achieved substantial benefits across the organisation, including being one of the first ever arts organisations to stop printing a monthly what’s on brochure, which we did in 2013, and ensuring as far as possible that all our ingredients are sourced ethically and locally.

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About this policy

This policy has been prepared by Watershed's Environmental Sustainability Group and is reviewed annually.

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