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Assembly Rooms Gains Silver Award in Green Tourism Business Scheme

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Assembly Rooms Edinburgh has ‘gone green’ with a silver award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme for its focus on sustainability.

Assessors commended the historic venue for the way sustainability has been incorporated into the business, and the creation of a ‘Green Team’ to champion how continuous improvements can be made.  In particular the Assembly Rooms’ charters for visitors and event organisers were noted as an excellent way of encouraging everyone who uses the building to act responsibly.

Highlights of the Assembly Rooms’ achievements include 90 per cent recycling results; the introduction of bioplastics into biodegradable plastic cups; upcycling of older materials; plus working with ethical suppliers such as Belu Water which supports Water Aid, and St Jude’s laundry which operates as a social enterprise. 

Commenting on the award, Councillor Richard Lewis, Culture and Sport Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council said: “This is a huge accolade for the Assembly Rooms team. As a Council-owned and managed venue, I am proud that the changes staff have made and continue to make have been recognised in this way.

“It is less than two years since the Assembly Rooms embarked on their sustainability journey with Resource Efficient Scotland, and they have already made great strides.  Next time I’m sure they will be going for gold!”

Jon Proctor, Green Tourism Director added: “I was very impressed with the genuine commitment of the organisation and the team towards being a leading green tourism business. As the site is an important venue in the world renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Assembly Rooms leads the way for other international venues in taking sustainable events seriously. With other venues coming on board with Green tourism over the coming months, we hope to showcase Edinburgh as a leading green tourism destination ready for the Fringe in 2015.”  

The Green Tourism Business Scheme is designed to reward tourism businesses which are working positively towards being sustainable and is the largest and most established grading programme in the world.

Assembly Rooms Edinburgh and its sister venue, Church Hill Theatre, are owned by the City of Edinburgh Council.