2 June 2021
A picture of EcoHousing project set to improve housing providers’ environmental performance

Two housing associations are working with the University of Worcester and Loreus Ltd on an innovative project to improve their environmental performance.

Sanctuary and Platform Housing Group will be supported by the University on an EcoHousing project to reduce their carbon footprint and embed sustainability.

EcoHousing is an environmental management programme based on the success of EcoCampus - a scheme operated and managed by the environmental consultancy Loreus Ltd to help organisations achieve and maintain accreditation to the environmental management system standard ISO14001:2015.

The University of Worcester, which was named Sustainability Institution of the Year in the 2019 Green Gown Awards and went on to be Highly Commended in the international awards at the UN, has held the EcoCampus Platinum award and ISO14001 accreditation for several years and will share knowledge with Sanctuary and Platform to help them improve their environmental performances.

To coordinate the project, Jessica Tasney has been appointed by both housing associations as an EcoHousing Coordinator.

Jessica said: “I believe improving environmental performance is one of the most important conversations of our time and I’m really excited to support both housing associations to do this.

“The University of Worcester has been on a long and successful journey around implementing its Environmental Management System and improving its environmental performance, so this is a great opportunity to share examples of best practice.”

The project will focus on waste management, travel, pollution, the energy efficiency of properties, reducing fuel poverty and improving social wellbeing for customers.

Donna Williams, Sanctuary Director – Sustainability and Climate Change, added: “Reducing our impact on the environment is a key objective for Sanctuary. The EcoHousing project will allow us to share best practice and identify innovative solutions as part of our longer-term strategy to minimise our carbon footprint and make our homes more energy efficient.”>

Dan Box, Compliance Officer at Platform Housing Group, said: “Sustainability isn’t just about improving environmental performance, it’s about increasing social wellbeing too, and this project helps us to recognise how the health of the environment and the health of individuals and communities are closely linked.

“Through recognising this, we can look for solutions to the environmental risks of today that work both for people and the environments in which they live.”