Green Conferencing

A Commitment to the Environment

Downing College is committed to working sustainably, complying fully with environmental legislation and officially approved codes of practice.

We make continued efforts to:

Green Tourism Business Scheme

With over 2000 members in the UK, Ireland and Canada, the Green Tourism Business Scheme is the largest, most established sustainable grading programme in the world. In June 2014, Downing College received a Gold Award for outstanding performance as a Green Tourism site for conference business.

The College was scored across ten categories to judge its green credentials – from the use of environmentally-friendly paper, cleaning products and toiletries to the provision of wildlife and cultural activities.

The Assessor highlighted a number of areas of excellence including the Howard Theatre as a sustainable conference venue, excellent adoption of low-energy lighting throughout the accommodation, the use of local, organic, vegetarian and FairTrade options in catering and the provision of electric vehicle charging points on-site.

Sustainable Conferencing at Downing College