Education Authority receives recognition for environmental leadership

The Education Authority (EA) has achieved Silver status in the 2018 Northern Ireland (NI) Environmental Benchmarking Survey.

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Pictured celebrating EA’s Silver status in the 2018 Northern Ireland (NI) Environmental Benchmarking Survey are (Back Row, L-R) John Coney, EA Energy and Environment Officer; Jonathan Glendinning, EA Assistant Director Facilities Management; Robert McCreery, EA Energy and Environment Officer and (Front Row L – R) pupils from Gibson Primary School in Omagh.

Pictured celebrating EA’s Silver status in the 2018 Northern Ireland (NI) Environmental Benchmarking Survey are (Back Row, L-R) John Coney, EA Energy and Environment Officer; Jonathan Glendinning, EA Assistant Director Facilities Management; Robert McCreery, EA Energy and Environment Officer and (Front Row L – R) pupils from Gibson Primary School in Omagh.

28 January 2019

Northern Ireland’s most sustainable organisations were revealed at the 2018 NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey at Belfast Harbour Offices on Thursday 22 November 2018.

The Survey, which is run by Business in the Community (BITC), supported by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency through the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, recognises and rewards those organisations that are going above and beyond their legal requirements to minimise their environmental impacts and better manage their resources.

The Survey has grown to become Northern Ireland’s leading environmental benchmarking exercise, attracting organisations from numerous industry sectors.

EA Assistant Director of Facilities Management, Jonathan Glendinning said:

“EA is delighted to have been awarded Silver status as a newcomer in the 2018 Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey. 
The Silver status is a great achievement and recognises the efforts of staff and pupils across the schools estate in working to create a better environment for future generations. 

EA is committed to the continued promotion of sustainability and environmental awareness in schools.” 

Chair of Business in the Community’s Environment Leadership Team and Chief Executive of Translink, Chris Conway, said:

“This 20th year of the Survey has been one of the most successful to date. 11 organisations have taken part every year since the Survey started in 1998, and 23 participants have taken part for the last 23 years. This year, we reviewed the Survey and introduced some changes from greater reflection of current issues to an increased focus on public reporting; from circular economy questions to revised performance improvement scoring.
Congratulations to all of the companies stepping forward to publicly report on their environmental practices.”

David Small, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Environment Agency said:

“The Survey is established as the leading tool in Northern Ireland to provide participants with proof of their green status.
This is done through detailed analysis of their environmental management, improvement and impact. It is a powerful driver of environmental performance and we are delighted to support it once again this year.”

The full list of participants and results can be found on the BITC website at www.bitcni.org.uk/environment.

Last modified: 29/01/2019