Platform Housing Group has appointed a sustainability expert to a brand new role in an effort to boost its environmental performance.
Jessica Tansey will join the social landlord as EcoCampus Housing Coordinator, a role that developed out of a pilot project designed by the University of Worcester.
The project – entitled the EcoCampus Framework – has been implemented by the university to improve environmental performance and achieve ISO 14001 certification.
The framework will now be used to improve the environmental performance of Platform Property Care, which already has an Environmental Management System (EMS) in place with ISO 14001 certification.
Commenting on her appointment, Tansey said: “I am really excited to be appointed to this new role – I am very eager to support organisations to improve their environmental performance.
“I believe improving environmental performance is the most important conversation of our time, and I’m really excited to be involved in Platform Housing Group’s effort to improve its environmental performance.”
Tansey is combining her role at Platform with one at the university, where she supports with teaching and learning around sustainability, EMS, and the auditing process.
Tansey explained: “The University of Worcester has been on a long and successful journey around implementing its Environmental Management System and improving its environmental performance, so it’s a great opportunity to show examples of best practice and share these with Platform Housing Group.”
The one-year contract – which is being funded by Platform – aims to better understand the organisation’s impact on the environment in the key areas of waste management, travel, pollution, and energy efficiency of properties.
Improving social wellbeing for customers – tackling key issues such as fuel poverty – is also an anticipated outcome.
Dan Box – Safety, Health, and Environment Compliance Officer at Platform – said: “We are delighted to welcome Jessica to this new role – our path to sustainability is one of the most exciting and challenging issues of our time.
“With Jessica’s support, we hope to secure a greener future for both our colleagues and the communities within which we work.
“With environmental performance high on our agenda, we are communicating to both our stakeholders and customers that we are investing in a secure future.
“Sustainability isn’t just about improving environmental performance, it’s about increasing social wellbeing too, and this role helps us to recognise how the health of the environment and the health of individuals and communities are closely linked.
“Through recognising this, we can look for innovative solutions to the environmental risks of today that work both for people and the environments in which they live.”
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Platform Housing Group owns and manages 46,000 homes across the Midlands, with a portfolio that includes social and affordable rent and shared ownership houses.
The group has G1 governance and V1 financial viability ratings from the Regulator of Social Housing and an A+ rating from Standard and Poor’s and Fitch.
Image: Jessica Tansey, EcoCampus Housing Coordinator, Platform Housing Group
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