FSC recognised as national ‘game changer’ on sustainability issues…
The Field Studies Council (FSC), which operates a network of field study centres across
England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, has a long-standing commitment to reducing its
carbon footprint across all of its locations and is aiming for net zero output by 2030.
Having switched to a 100 per cent renewable energy tariff, the organisation, which
provides high quality outdoor education to schools, colleges and universities, has reduced
greenhouse gas emissions by 34 per cent since 2011 and has declared its own climate
FSC’s ongoing efforts have now gained national recognition through the environmental
sustainability network Fit for the Future and it has been awarded the ‘Game Changers of
the Year’ award.
Hannah Mann, Fit for the Future project officer, said FSC provided ‘inspiration’ to its
network of charities, heritage organisations and cultural venues when it came to tackling
environmental and sustainability issues.
Ben Young and Mark Bolland, who lead the FSC’s work on sustainability, have also been
singled out for their hard work and commitment to driving down the charity’s overall carbon
Mark, FSC’s leading expert on climate change, said: “We are delighted to have our
ongoing efforts recognised through winning this award.
“We have achieved ambitious carbon reduction targets over recent years but it has not
been easy especially when a number of our centres are housed within old, listed buildings,
some of which are in isolated locations
“It’s meant we have had to think outside the box a little bit and introduce and invest in
renewable technologies to achieve our targets.”
A big part of the charity’s sustainability drive has also been focused on behavioural change
among its own staff and those visiting its centres.
Mark added: “Encouraging individuals to make small changes to their lifestyle such as
using the car less, buying less and changing their diet has made a huge difference when it
comes to reducing our overall carbon footprint.
“Our outdoor education tutors are also playing a significant role when it comes to teaching
children and young people about the dangers facing our planet and how their actions and
behaviours can have an impact.
“At our field centres children get to see and experience some of the UK’s most beautiful,
bio-diverse rich environments.
“Getting them outside into this natural training ground means we are helping to connect
them with nature and providing experiences which will equip them with the knowledge they
need to make choices as they grow older which will help protect our environment.
“The future of our planet really does lie in the hands of future generations so we really
must do all we can to make sure we are teaching beyond the four walls of a classroom and
getting children outdoors”
The FSC, were nominated along with Ealing Council and WWF (UK), to win the
‘gamechanger’ award, has reduced its carbon emissions by 34 per cent since 2011 – the
equivalent of 389 tonnes of carbon dioxide or driving its current fleet of mini buses around
the world 51 times.
Switching to greener, off-grid sources of energy has been key to reducing its carbon
footprint. Efforts have also focused on building infrastructure and managing heat loss at
centres and replacing its vehicle fleet with more energy efficient cars and reducing travel
time for staff.
All FSC centres are also committed to providing sustainable meals and have been
awarded the Food for Life Served Here bronze standard award for its efforts.
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