SUSTAINABILITY

We are committed to sustainability. We take action to reduce our carbon emissions, cut our waste, choose local sourcing and preserve our ecosystem. With us, events don’t cost the earth. Our policies and actions are in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. You can find them in the Quiet Company Strategic Environmental and Sustainability Plan 2021–2030 [new window - PDF].

Awards and accreditations

Energy saving

  • We replaced our boilers with new energy efficient models to help reduce our energy needs.
  • We have fitted solar film to external windows to help keep our building cooler during the summer months.
  • All our windows are secondary-glazed.
  • We have insulated all of our external walls.
  • We installed a building management system (BMS) to control our heating and ventilation.
  • We upgraded our printers to devices with one of the lowest energy consumption levels in the industry.

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Catering and procurement

  • Where possible we use fresh and locally sourced ingredients in our meeting rooms, café and restaurant.
  • We have reduced the amount of animal products in our meeting rooms catering. At a minimum, our menus are 40% vegetarian and vegan.
  • Our Seed Kitchen restaurant only serves vegetarian and vegan food. (Our restaurant is currently closed to the public, we hope to reopen it soon)

Water management

  • In 2016, we installed a rainwater harvesting system in our garden.
  • To reduce our water usage, we have installed dual-flush toilets, and motion sensors on taps and urinals.
  • We bottle and filter our own water.
  • We have water dispensers on every floor of the venue.

Green energy

  • We only purchase green energy, including 100% renewable electricity from Good Energy.
  • Our energy is free from any form of fossil fuels or nuclear energy sources.
  • Where possible, we have replaced all our light fittings with energy-efficient LED bulbs.

Carbon reduction

  • We work with avieco an environmental consultancy, to capture our carbon footprint.
  • We have reduced our carbon footprint by 29% since 2009.

Waste minimisation

  • We have a zero waste to landfill objective.
  • All our waste is recycled and treated by our supplier First Mile.
  • There are recycling points on every floor of the venue and in every office space.
  • We signed the Meetings Industry Association’s 20PercentLess pledge – committing to reduce our use of single-use plastics by a further 20% by 2025.
  • We removed all the single-use plastic from our meeting rooms a few years ago.
  • We removed plastic straws from our café and offer paper straws on request.
  • We use bio-film in the packaging of the sandwiches we sell in our café (when they are made in-house).
Sustainability

Conservation and ecosystem

  • Our garden is an oasis of peace in the city and is accessible to all.
  • We have three beehives on our roof. The bees contribute to the Euston ecosystem by pollinating the flowers and trees in the area, beginning with our own garden.
  • Find out more about beekeeping at Friends House in this Eustontowner article.

Travel

  • There are excellent public transport links to reach our venue. Go to the Getting here page to see how to get to the venue.
  • There is a safe cycle parking in our courtyard for visitors and staff.
  • There is a cycle to work scheme available for all our staff.

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Events team on 020 7663 1100 or events@quaker.org.uk

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