Case studies

Here you will find inspiring and engaging examples of thought leaders in the Bristol and West of England business community who are already going green and seeing the benefits. Learn from the experience of businesses from different sectors and sizes across the region, and access further information to enable your business to follow in their footsteps.

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Case studies provide details of how and why changes were made in a particular business. Maximum benefit from these can be gained when viewed in conjunction with actions suggested in the Go Green Tool.

On the right hand side of the page you can select case studies by pillar such as Sustainable Sourcing or Travel and Transport.

Remember – if your business has made changes that others could learn from you can submit a case study and your company could appear here too.

Children’s PlayPods benefit from Go Green network collaboration

Published on in Energy and Efficiency by Rachel Quinn, Skanska.

Children’s Scrapstore and Skanska explore working in partnership for a project where surplus materials from Skanska’s school development Projects could be sent to the Children’s Scrapstore and used to stock the PlayPods. Read more on for more on the impact of this relationship.

Knowle West Media Centre are now travelling in style

Published on in Travel and Transport .

Attending the Go Green Business Breakfast events has inspired Knowle West Media Centre to improve on their already sizeable efforts towards sustainability. With support from Travel West they have been able to provide their staff with a green alternative for travel.

‘Turn it Off’ Set to Save Oxford Instruments over £48,000 a Year

Published on in Energy and Efficiency .

Oxford Instruments, a technology company that operates in the sustainable energy sector, shows us how reducing their own energy waste through switching off unused devices as well as increasing the energy efficiency of their tools, has resulted in environmental and cost cutting benefits that can be passed down to the customer.

Local community benefits from Watershed collaboration with Collecteco

Published on in Energy and Efficiency by Michal William, Facilities Assistant.

As a business always looking at ways to collaborate and innovate, it felt natural for Watershed to also apply this approach to managing their waste. By working with local enterprises, CollectEco and The Chrysalis, they are improving their recycling beyond the usual waste streams.

Staff engagement helps Bristol Airport’s environmental initiatives take off

Published on in Planning and Resilience by Melanie King, Environment Manager Bristol Airport.

With over 3000 people working at the airport, for around 45 different companies, communicating environmental issues needs a range of approaches. Working groups, forums, briefings, procedures and quick reference guides are all used to share information. Last year the airport launched its first interactive environment guide to boost awareness and engagement across the site.

Thali Café teams up with Frank Water to go green and save lives

Published on in Sustainable Sourcing by Thali Café.

Bristol based Thali Café and FRANK Water demonstrate how collaborating to create Thali Water and raising money for safe water supplies in India can increase customer perception and business profits whilst reducing waste, cutting costs and enhancing sustainability credentials.

Why Minuteman Press choose Fairtrade

Published on in Sustainable Sourcing by Minuteman Press.

Fairtrade principles matched the ethics of this small central Bristol marketing company, so they reviewed all their purchased products and easily replaced them with Fairtrade versions. They found this did not cost much more, and now they are active proponents of the Fairtrade message.

How Computershare are making a sustainable commute easy, convenient and safe

Published on in Travel and Transport by Computershare.

Computershare’s Sustainable Travel Plan written with help from Transport Planning Associates aims to increase sustainable commuting by providing staff with opportunities to choose more sustainable forms of travel and reduce single occupancy car journeys. 11% of the workforce now use a free staff bus each week, and a new bike shed provides secure storage for up to 165 cycles.

Copper JUMPS To Reward Staff’s Positive Steps

Published on in Planning and Resilience by Copper Consultancy.

Copper joined Green Rewards as one of the first clients for its new employee engagement and rewards programme in June 2013. The programme, JUMP: Healthy Planet – Healthy Team, is designed to help organisations embed a culture of sustainability and healthy living. The scheme has proved very popular with Copper employees with over 70% of staff taking up the opportunity to earn and redeem ‘Green Points’, accumulating over 152,000 points across the team in 18 months!

UWE saves money and carbon with reuse of furniture and equipment

Published on in Sustainable Sourcing by UWE and Warp-It.

UWE started to explore how to increase the reuse of assets internally, and to donate more to the local third sector, and in 2013 the university joined an online reuse platform, With an investment of just £2.2K the university has already saved over £40K in avoided procurement and disposal costs, by making it easier for staff to share assets. They have also donated over £10,000 worth of surplus furniture and associated equipment to local charities.