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Like other natural resources, water should be used responsibly and sustainably. Sadly that isn’t always the case, with many a leaky loo and dripping tap left unfixed. We all have a role to play to ensure that water is not wasted, not just in our homes but also in our businesses.
During this event, we’ll hear about the strain on water resources across the Thames Water region and share some interesting insights and opportunities for cutting the amount of water your business wastes.
Chris Beales from The Environment Agency, former Chair of Reading Climate Change Partnership (RCCP), will be telling us about how Reading Climate Emergency Strategy addresses this issue.
Sally Bremner, Non-Household Water Efficiency lead from Thames Water will then explain how your business can get involved with the Thames Water Smarter Business water saving initiative. This valuable initiative gives companies the opportunity to have a free onsite visit from Thames Water, who will review and fix leaks and even fit water saving devices, all free of charge.
Finally one of our sustainability team, Verity Leal, Environmental Lead at Hammerson, who manage The Oracle, will be speaking, along with Donna McKitterick of sustainable change agency Coriander Cows. They will be looking at Hammerson’s Net Positive Target strategy for water and sharing their experience of engaging with the Thames Water initiative to deliver water consumption savings.
We’ll also look at how you can get the water efficiency ball rolling at your business, even if you’re not the recognised owner internally.
Don’t miss out on your chance to join us and learn more about how to drive water efficiency within your business.
About the speakers:
Chris is an active member of the Reading Climate Change Partnership, and its former Chair (2018-2020).
His interest in climate change goes back to his university days and lead him to create a climate change information website to try and help make sense of the issue. He then became more involved within the Environment Agency looking at risk assessments for our river catchments, concepts for adaptation planning and how to communicate climate change issues.
Sally is the Non-Household Water Efficiency lead at Thames Water, where she has worked for seven years. She set up and remains responsible for the successful Smarter Business programme, delivering water savings on a large scale across businesses in the Thames Water area.
She has been interested in water efficiency since studying Environmental Biology at university. She developed this by working on both sides of the fence in previous roles, for private consultancy at Ricardo (then AEA) and non-profit at Waterwise. Experienced in all aspects of water efficiency, non-household delivery is where her passion really lies.
Verity is a dual-site Environmental and Community Co-ordinator at retail property developer Hammerson. She has more than six years’ experience working across environmental, communications and corporate responsibility disciplines for private and public sector organisations.
She has produced environmental research for DEFRA, a nuclear defence company, Cheltenham Borough Council and The Queen Elizabeth Park, Uganda. She is passionate about ethical practices, working with charities and ensuring that companies do the right thing to reach sustainable development paths.
Donna is Head of the Herd at Coriander Cows, a group of associates who develop ambitious sustainability and change strategies, associated environmental and social investment programmes, governance and communications around sustainability. She has developed sustainability strategies for many organisations across a broad spectrum of sectors.
She began her career with water management and efficiency roles in New Zealand and then at Thames Water, and water remains an area of passion. Since then, she has focused on the behavioural and engagement aspects of sustainability, designing strategies and programmes that aim to connect people to sustainability to inspire and maintain change. She is responsible for leading water efficiency and water offset work for Hammerson as part of their commitment to becoming net positive for landlord and construction water use by 2030.
Coriander Cows are creators of The Platform, an online tool to support employees in sustainable behaviours, including a Love Rivers theme, where people can find ways to protect our rivers, ground water and reservoirs.