Staff and bosses at Peterborough’s Queensgate shopping centre are celebrating after being praised for their environmental-friendly achievements.
The centre was awarded a gold award at the recent Travelchoice Awards 2016 for its travel plan.
The plan seeks to create a safe, accessible and welcoming environment at the centre by influencing travel behaviour.
It also received a highly commended certificate in the Sustainable Travel Initiative category, which recognises employers for deploying innovative ideas to bring about a change in commuting behaviour.
Queensgate recently achieved the newly revised ISO 14001:2015 accreditation for its environmental management. It is one of only a few shopping centres in the UK that diverts 100 per cent of its waste from landfill.
Carol Wakelin, the centre’s environmental manager,said: “We’re pleased to have received recognition for our Travel Plan, we work hard to ensure we have effective and achievable initiatives. We are committed to maintaining a low carbon footprint.”
“Everyone at Queensgate works hard to do their bit which is so important.”
Carol was also personally recognised for her hard work on the sustainability agenda when she was shortlisted for the Rising Star Award 2016. She made it to the final six out of hundreds of candidates across the environmental industry nationally.
Chris Hanley, senior technical leader for transportation at Atkins, who works closely with Peterborough City Council’s Travelchoice team, said: “Carol and the team at Queensgate have been working extremely hard this year.
“Not only have they produced an up-to-date Travel Plan and surveyed staff on their travel behaviour, but there has been real action on the ground in terms of a number of engagement events for both staff and visitors.
“They have rolled out a number of new electric vehicle charging bays and supported businesses, such as John Lewis, to run their own travel plan sessions for staff.”