TOUCHWOOD proved it was a cut above the rest when it was handed an international environment award.
The centre scooped the top award for Environmental Best Practice at the International Green Apple Environment Awards 2022.
It was handed the award for its host of initiatives to improve environmental performance and sustainability, led by the Touchwood leadership team.
In January 2022, Touchwood started off the year with a tree planting campaign in partnership with Solihull Council’s Planting Our Future team, donating £2,000 towards the cause.
The team came together to plant 20 trees in Lavender Hall Park, bringing the borough closer to achieving net zero emissions by 2041.
The donation was also used to fund education and tree planting for local community groups and schools.
In May, the centre maintained its ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 50001:2018 accreditation for another year by demonstrating continuous improvements to its leading standards in Energy Management and Sustainability.
Touchwood also installed two beehives to the rooftop service desk in the summer to help pollination by growing the local bee population, inviting local schools for a tour of the facility to educate them on conservation and showing them how the process works through their educational virtual beehive.
This is the fifth Green Apple Award for Touchwood, following previous wins in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2021.
Earlier this year, the centre also gained status as a Green World Ambassador, in recognition of its high achievement in a host of sustainable projects.
Tony Elvin, general manager at Touchwood, said: “To have our hard work in the Solihull community recognised at the Green Apple Awards for the fifth time is a fantastic achievement.
“This award will help us to deliver our plan to inspire others and help create a green sustainable movement – not just in our own community, but across the world too.
“We are very proud that our efforts have been recognised and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Touchwood for their support.
“We will continue our work over the next year and are already looking at expanding our green infrastructure to encourage biodiversity, and promoting health and wellbeing in our team.”