Glenmore Lodge, sportscotland’s National Outdoor Training Centre, has fought off stiff competition to win a prestigious green award.
The centre, in Aviemore, scooped the prize for ‘Best Green Public Service or Public Sector Provision’ at the Scottish Green Awards, hosted by Scottish Business Insider in association with ScottishPower.
After a shortlisting process, Glenmore Lodge was up against Community Energy Scotland to win the coveted gong at a glitzy ceremony held at the Glasgow Science Centre on Thursday October 5.
Judges chose the sportscotland centre as the winner due to the significant improvements which have been made in reducing its carbon footprint, including the introduction of initiatives such as a food composter, nicknamed ‘Big Hanna’, which has helped achieve a reduction of 54 per cent in the quantity of waste sent to landfill compared to 2010/11.
Other environmental initiatives include solar panels on the centre’s roof and a green travel plan to encourage both staff and visitors to consider the environment more.
Bob Kinnaird, Principal at the centre, said: "Glenmore Lodge has an excellent reputation as a national outdoor training centre and it is entirely appropriate that we also take a leading role in setting the highest possible green standards.
“Our green coordinator, Kirsty Murfitt, has played a major part in driving this agenda, but it has also been a real team effort, in which these important values have been embedded throughout our organisation.
“The real challenge with the green agenda is that there is always more that can be done and we remain committed to continue to improve our efforts in the future.”
Stewart Harris, sportscotland Chief Executive, added: “This award is further recognition of the sterling work which is being carried out by staff at Glenmore Lodge to deliver on our commitment to green initiatives.
“It is important that we now build on the standards which have already been set and strive to continue to improve in the coming years.”
With a total of nine award categories, the Scottish Green Awards are aimed at promoting Scotland as a country that encourages sustainability, tackles climate change and is committed to improving energy efficiency.
Glenmore Lodge has already won the coveted Gold Star Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme in May this year in the Best Activity Centre category. This award is presented to those businesses and organisations that have done the most to promote sustainability within the industry by implementing cost-saving practices to help the environment, improve customer services and benefit the bottom line.
Glenmore Lodge is sportscotland’s National Outdoor Training Centre. Established in 1948, it has had a major impact on developing the leaders, instructors, coaches and teachers for the outdoor and adventure sports sector. The centre is situated at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.