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Sustainability Learning Journey 16/01/2013

Green Snowdonia would like to invite a small number of group accommodation business owners and managers to a free learning journey at a Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) Gold Award bunkhouse in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

This is an opportunity for anyone who has seriously considered the sustainability of their enterprise, to learn from those who are already doing it and reaping the benefits. On this occasion the trail blazing sustainable Wern Watkin Bunkhouse in Crickhowell has been chosen as the host business.

The day will not simply be about investing in renewable energy - although this will be covered in the discussion. Emphasis will be placed on basic aspects of day-to-day sustainable business management, such as monitoring and benchmarking your energy usage, low cost energy saving measures and waste management, as well as the potential and appropriateness of more costly investment.

As well hearing from the owners of the host business, Andrew Fryer, about his experience of sustainable development, you will be able to discuss the sustainability of your business with Emma Edwards-Jones from Green Snowdonia. All attendees will be provided with follow-up support to guide them in drawing up an environmental policy and implementing an environmental action plan.

In order to make sure this trip is as useful as possible for the businesses taking part we would like to discuss our plans with interested businesses before putting together the final itinerary. Our plans so far are as follows: 
  • When: 26th February 2013 (possible overnight stay on the Monday 25th if attendees prefer)

  • Where: Wern Watkin Bunkhouse, Crickhowell

  • Who: 10 owner/managers of group accommodation, bunkhouses and residential centres in north Wales.

  • Why: To help, encourage and support businesses, who are interested in sustainability and are looking to start incorporating it into their day-to-day work.

  • Getting there: Transport by minibus.

  • What: Guided tour and discussion led by owner of the host business, discussion sessions geared towards the interests of the attendees with information and advice provided by Green Snowdonia and the Carbon Trust.

  • Follow-up: After the trip, businesses will be offered follow-up support to assist them in writing an environmental policy and implementing an environmental action plan.
If you are  interested in joining us on this journey, please reply to emma@snowdonia-active.com, stating your name, the name of your business, contact details and any comments regarding the proposed itinerary. Spaces are strictly limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis. Interested parties will be contacted to finalise the plans.

Topic: Sustainability in north Wales, Wern Watkin, Green Snowdonia.

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