Sustain Wales Awards 2016 | Sustainable Venue
The Sustain Wales Awards celebrate sustainability excellence, innovation and leadership across Wales. Our ambition is to seek out and highlight outstanding examples that are helping to deliver the seven national goals of the Well-being of Future Generations Act, contributing to the environmental, social, cultural and economic sustainability of life in Wales.
The application process has been designed to identify good practice in line with the five Ways of Working, outlined in the Act and applicants are asked to submit a project or initiative that has either been completed or has reached a significant milestone in the last year. Successful applicants must meet at least one Goal and three finalists are selected by an expert panel of judges to go through to the public vote.
Since the Awards were launched in 2015, we have received over 170 applications , providing a rich and varied library of sustainability stories backed up by evidence and practical examples of integration, long-term thinking, preventative action, collaboration and involvement.
The Sustainable Venue Award recognises the inspirational venue that is taking a strategic and holistic approach to sustainable practices.
Principality Stadium – 2016 Winner
The Principality Stadium is a not for profit national venue that promotes the national sport and helps others to hold events. Principality Stadium prides itself in putting sustainable development at the forefront or all of their activities. The stadium has gained the international standard for sustainable events (ISO20121) and embed sustainable operations into day to day working practices. A minimum of fifteen community events are held at the stadium a year where the venue and professional support is provided for free. Many of the volunteers used during the rugby world cup were given paid work and sponsorship is provided to many community rugby clubs across Wales. Looking to the future we have a passion and a desire to lead and promote sustainable development in all of its forms and use the venue to inspire the Welsh nation.
Ty Mawr Lime
Founded by husband and wife, Ty-Mawr Lime Ltd has become a market leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of environmentally-friendly building materials and deliver training in their use, putting Wales firmly on the sustainable construction map. They practice what they preach; Ty-Mawr (their home and headquarters) has become an exemplar; demonstrating to visitors how it is possible to create a living and working environment whilst reducing carbon footprints. The on-site training centre attracts some 600s delegates every year from all over the UK and indeed the world to learn about traditional and sustainable building skills, and those who attend, see for themselves how renewable technologies can be incorporated into our homes and businesses e.g. woodchip is used to heat the site, solar energy and rainwater harvesting and LED energy efficient lights are all utilised to save resources. The entire site has been restored and refurbished using their innovative systems such as Limecrete floors (more sustainable alternative to concrete), Welsh sheep’s wool insulation and plasters made used recycled glass, hemp or cork (instead of sand which depletes a natural resource), along with accreditation and high profile projects, this all serves to inspire confidence in low impact materials in a conventional industry. The business has expanded into two further warehouses in Brecon, employing 25 people and processing over 10,500 orders per annum supplying projects from great abbeys and cathedrals to humble barn restorations and green self builds. The family have also restored their kitchen garden, growing to organic principles; using the food for visitors and course delegates as well as operating a small vegetable box scheme with local deliveries. Bee Hives have been introduced to the apple orchard which they planted some 15 years ago using local, heritage apple varieties which they now produce single variety juice from.
Venue Cymru is part of the Theatres and Conference Centre service of Conwy County Borough Council. Venue Cymru is enormously important for the local economy, generating local spend of over £20 million each year. More than 300,000 people visit each year for a broad ranging artistic programmes, encompassing dance, drama, musicals, music, pantomime and some local amateur work. The theatre offers a programme of events to increase participation in the arts, particularly by young people. Venue Cymru were passionate about reducing their carbon footprint and have since become a more sustainable venue having reduced their energy and water consumption, increased recycling and reduced their DEC score and plan to have solar PV within the next year.