A project which promotes sustainable waste disposal for businesses in the city will hold a free networking conference on Friday (12 September) which will explain how the scheme is helping to make Southampton a cleaner and greener place to live.

 

The CRUMBS project – Co-ordinates Re-Use Makes Business Sense – is being driven by Southampton County Council using European Regional Development Fund support, to provide suitable solutions to the problem of unwanted waste in businesses.

 

SUSU’s joint sustainability project with the University, Business Ethics and Environment Students (BEES) will also be going along to the event with our VP Welfare Beckie Thomas.

 

Friday’s free networking conference will inform businesses on how they can improve their waste disposal practices, using interactive workshops and a session in which effective methods are shared. The event will be opened by a welcome speech from a local Councillor along with a keynote speaker, and time will also be allocated to networking with other guests. Free parking and a free lunch is provided, in case you needed another reason to attend!

 

It is hoped that the CRUMBS project will minimise commercial waste and develop a platform enabling equipment exchanges between businesses. The programme is also working to establish a re-distribution scheme for food waste in Southampton for commercial organisations.

 

The CRUMBS networking conference will take place on Friday September 12, from 9.30am to 3.30pm at Novotel Southampton, with a free lunch provided. If you wish to attend the event, please complete the form on the CRUMBS website.

 

To keep up to date with CRUMBS, you can follow the project on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Words: Howell Davies

 

BEES UPDATE –

 

BEES have been busy improving sustainability practice within the University of Southampton and SUSU, conducting audits that extend beyond the environmental and into ethical issues  including living wage, workplace equality and ethical supply chain  management.

The joint programme between the University of Southampton and  SUSU   is offering local businesses and organisations free auditing in its pilot phase, aimed at helping improve business ethics and reduce environmental impact with a bespoke solutions package.  BEES already has ten local organisations lined up for auditing in the Autumn, including  environmental consultancy Enims,and the National Institute for Health Research Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC).

BEES are developing a working model with the aim of auditing and delivering solutions in 24 local organisations by Summer 2015, and a national ambition of rolling out to other UK Students’ Unions in 2015-16.