Kent County Council - Green Guardians Training

Kent County Council has long taken the lead on sustainability and environmental responsibility, working in partnership across the Kent public sector. All services have been certified to ISO 14001 since 2009, with a policy, objectives and targets aligned to deliver the Kent Environment Strategy. In 2011, they set a target of reducing their carbon dioxide emissions by 2.6% per annum through to 2015, which was exceeded. In 2016, a more ambitious target of reducing all greenhouse gas emissions by 32% by 2021 was agreed.

Part of the solution to meetings these goals is to make sure that all staff and employees receive training, information and guidance on environmental issues and how they can each contribute to the Council’s targets. Kent County Council has over 8,000 employees, located across the county and working at over 300 premises. In order to share the guidance and spread the influence as widely as possible, Kent County Council engaged GEP Environmental to deliver a series of “Green Guardians” training courses. Based around the IEMA approved Environmental Awareness course, and tailored to be specific to Kent’s needs, this course has been delivered to some 300 Green Guardians across the Council. These volunteers form a network of champions of sustainability through the organization, and encourage their teams to be:

  • Energy Smart – switching off lights and electrical equipment to reduce wasted energy
  • Travel Smart – use public transport, car share or tele-videoconference to minimize car travel
  • Print Smart – print less to reduce wasted ink and paper

The Green Guardians are integral to Kent County Council’s sustainability plans and with their help, they are well on their way to meeting their 2021 goals.

“An excellent course with an excellent trainer who clearly knows the subject”

Yvonne Clarke, Kent County Council Green Guardian

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“The bespoke nature of this course means our Green Guardians benefit from the IEMA certification and make the link between global concerns and our environment programme. The feedback we receive is always positive.”

Deborah Kapaj, Sustainable Estates Programme Manager, Kent County Council

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