Eating for the planet
The Trust continues to expand its Green Impact work, aiming to reduce its carbon footprint and adopt more sustainable practices across all its activities.
A recent focus has been Sustainable Food, with staff discussing eating and shopping habits - how to minimise the effect of packaging and transporting food over long distances, and the long-term effects on the environment of eating resource-intensive foods such as meat. The pay-off between supporting food producers, especially in developing countries, and the benefits of buying locally has prompted much thought and discussion.
A visit in February by a member of Cambridge Sustainable Food gave staff some startling facts:
- 10 million tonnes of food is wasted by UK households
- agriculture is responsible for 25% of greenhouse gas emissions
- the UK currently imports about 50% of its food, with 30% coming from the EU
Food for thought indeed.
On a brighter note, the Trust's office space includes a small roof garden. As well as decorative plants such a lavender and geraniums, and a growbag for tomatoes and strawberries, there are now pots of salad leaves and broad beans, ready for staff to eat when the vegetables can be harvested. There is no direct water supply to the roof garden, but a collection of unwanted wastepaper bins have been roped in as water collectors. And it is paying off in terms of environmental diversity - there have been bees visiting the flowers (and even the odd slug or two - not such welcome visitors).
Watch this space for more news of the Trust's developments in environmental impact.