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Green Initiatives

Here at HOME we know that supporting our environment requires sustained action, and we are committed to reducing our environmental impact year on year, continuing our commitment to securing a green future. Our vision is to be a best-practice arts and cultural venue, with environmental, social and economic sustainability at the heart of what we do. We contribute to the conversation and action on local, national and international levels; whilst innovating, testing and championing models of environmental best practice.

We recognise both the imperative and the opportunity in responding to the global challenges of climate change and securing environmental sustainability, acknowledging that rapid and urgent action is needed across all sectors of society.

We belong to the Green Business Membership and in 2017 we received the top accolade of Platinum in the Groundwork Green Business Awards Scheme. The award recognises that we are inspirational to others and that our actions and efforts ensure that HOME leads the way in sustainable practices – from supply chains and purchasing, to energy and waste monitoring, as well as staff training and engagement.

We are a dynamic member of MAST (Manchester Arts Sustainability Team) – recognised by Arts Council England as ‘one of the city’s most successful examples of environmental improvements and civic engagement on climate change’. As part of MAST we share a passion to make environmental sustainability intrinsic to the plans and aspirations of arts and creative industries across Manchester. We continue to work towards MAST’s energy emission reduction targets and to take advantage of the training, tools and resources available through Julie’s Bicycle to manage and reduce energy and environmental impacts. You can read the first MAST 5 Year Report here. MAST supports the work of Manchester Climate Change Agency and its commitment to make Manchester a zero carbon city by 2038. In 2017, URBACT, the EU’s learning and exchange programme for cities, awarded MAST the Good Practice label, celebrating the practical and collaborative solutions made to integrate sustainable and environmental commitments in our city. In November 2018 MAST won the Promotion of Environmental Sustainability accolade at the inaugural Manchester Culture Awards. This recognition is a testament to the unique collaborative network that we’ve established across the cultural sector in the city, and our collective commitment to driving change, lowering our carbon impact, and inspiring others to do the same.

Our strategies aim to continue to reduce our carbon footprint as we become further established in our First Street surroundings. Our Environmental and Sustainability Team comprises staff members from across the organisation, who are dedicated to bringing a variety of environmental innovations and practices to HOME, driving change, developing initiatives and inspiring both individual action and collective change. We are planning ahead in our pledge to help to secure a sustainable future. By further raising awareness of our efforts towards practical, creative and lasting sustainability actions, we are continually working to grow our green community.