07th December 2023
South Downs Leisure was recognised for its commitment to environmetal sustainability
Environmental Sustainability Award winner - South Downs Leisure
A Sussex leisure trust has been named as the winner of the Environmental Sustainability Award.
South Downs Leisure scooped the title at this year’s Sussex Sport & Physical Activity awards, organised by Active Sussex.
The new award highlights the importance the sector has on sustainability and combating climate change – something South Downs Leisure priorities.
Spokesman Paul Sandell from the leisure trust said: “What a fantastic evening celebrating the very best of sport and physical activity in Sussex.
“We were hugely grateful just to be shortlisted with such great competition for the first ever Environmental Sustainability award, and to spend the evening celebrating with all the incredible groups in attendance makes us very proud.
“To win our category is brilliant for our staff and our charity as a whole; it’s testament to the great work that everyone at South Downs Leisure is doing, of the important journey we are on together, and is amazing to have this hard work recognised.”
South Downs Leisure runs Davisons Leisure Centre, Worthing Leisure Centre, Field Place Manor House & Barns in Worthing, Lancing Manor Leisure Centre, Palatine Park Football Centre in Worthing, Sea Lanes in Brighton, Southwick Leisure Centre, Wadurs Swimming Pool in Shoreham, and Splashpoint Leisure Centre in Worthing.
The organisation aims to be carbon net zero in its dryside sites by 2030, wetside sites by 2040, and is working to change its culture.
In November 2021, a management workshop was followed by three training sessions on Sustainable Awareness by Dr Amanda Turner, sparking immediate staff engagement.
From this, 14 staff members pursued an NVQ in Sustainable and Environmental Awareness, and a sustainable working group was established.
More than 50 staff have now been trained in sustainable working ways.
A ‘Golden Thread’ policy was introduced, making sustainability a recurring agenda item and reinforcing its importance across all meetings. Leading by example, the trust bought multiple electric bikes for staff to commute between sites.
The sustainability strategy went live in April 2022, focusing on innovation, risk reduction, reputation enhancement, staff motivation and cost savings.
Notable accomplishments include significantly reducing energy consumption, investments into renewable or low energy solutions, a cultural shift with all departments driving the same agenda and purchasing local and UK-made equipment where possible to minimise its Scope 3 impact.
You can read more about Souths Downs Leisure and the work it is doing here: www.activesussex.org/how-the-environment-is-at-the-forefront-of-a-sussex-leisure-trusts-strategy/