Our Green Team & Our Action Plan

Our Green Team comprises 3 members:

Suzanne Murdock

Founder - The Hub Newry

James Mullen

Brack Tours Ireland

Sinead Gorman

Ashview Consulting

The Hub Newry is shared office workspace / meeting place with various freelancers & small business based here. We always have Hub representatives & a member resident on our Green Team to represent both members & visitors best interests.

Our Mission:
We are committed to protecting the environment in which we operate & to providing a community driven focus to our services & facilities. We have a collaborative & cultural driven work ethic. Our Green team reinforces Green Tourism ethics & values as well as community driven projects & events.

Action Plan

  • Continuously supporting positive environmental actions by partnering & actively working with local community groups & teams to drive the area forward in terms of both business & values. These include:

Newry 2020 & “The Albert Basin Greenway Project”
Newry Business Improvement District (Newry BIDS)
Newry CoderDojo
Newry Creates
Local Festivals
Local networking groups
Member of – Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade
Irish Co-working Community Group meetups & all-Ireland co-working initiatives

  • Train & encourage our member residents & visitors on environmental awareness & our community culture & actively encourage them to engage through events & projects & to minimise waste.
  • Members of “Royal Horticultural Society” & “The Soil Association” & actively volunteer time in local school to help with horticulture & getting children engaged in Bio-Diversity. Also ensure there is green planting in & around the Hub offices.
  • Organise more green initiatives & events. We have recently implemented “Green Champion of The Month” – goes to the most positive & proactive green person. Must see any of the following attributes: sustainability of green ethics, commitment to community initiatives, waste management, ideas for projects & initiatives going forward.
  • Implemented “Fines” for lack of environmental consideration & must then contribute to our chosen, quarterly charities.
  • A local & an international charity is chosen on a quarterly, rota basis.
  • Working towards a paperless filing system & provide our promotional material online via our website & social platforms to reduce printed promotional material.
  • Encourage members & visitors & Hub representatives to travel to the office premises using public transport, cycling or using car share when available. The Hub will only use hybrid, low carbon emission cars.

The Hub Newry’s Access Commitment

The Hub Newry was constructed in 2012 & is fully compliant with the Northern Ireland Building Regulations in place at this time including Disabilities Discriminations Act (DDA) Compliance according to the following Acts of parliament:

DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ACT 2005 & BUILDING REGULATIONS 2000 & DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ACT 1995
The Hub will continue to review & monitor our compliance in accordance with the most recent regulatory changes.

The Hub Newry’s Environmental Policy

The Hub Newry is shared office workspace / meeting place. We are committed to protecting the environment in which we operate & to providing a community driven focus to our services & facilities. We have a collaborative & cultural driven work ethic & endeavour to comply with all relevant Waste Management Legislation NI & to provide a framework for setting & reviewing environmental objectives.

Our Environmental policy is supported by the following points:

  • Our Green team consists of 2 Hub residents & reinforces Green Tourism ethics & values as well as community driven projects & events.

  • Continuously supporting positive environmental actions by partnering & working with local community groups & teams to drive the area forward in terms of both business & values.

  • Train & encourage our member residents & visitors on environmental awareness & our community culture & actively encourage them to engage through events & projects & to minimise waste.

  • A strong recycling & up-cycling ethic including – all fixtures & fittings within the Hub building have been upcycled – glass partitions, furniture through to all flooring & there is a strong emphasis placed on waste & consumption.

  • Working towards a paperless filing system & provide our promotional material online via our website & social platforms to reduce printed promotional material.

  • Encourage members & visitors & Hub representatives to travel to the office premises using public transport, cycling or using car share when available. The Hub will only use hybrid, low carbon emission cars.

  • Actively support local business through choosing local providers of services & suppliers wherever possible e.g. catering, cleaning etc. Always endeavour to use both fair trade, natural & eco-friendly products & socially responsible practices.

  • Always support both a local & an international charity on a rotated, quarterly basis.

  • Ask all residents & visitors to respect both our commercial & residential neighbours through minimising noise disturbance.

  • Continuous recognition of compliance with relevant environmental legislation & monitoring.

  • Efficient use of energy & water & minimal use of hazardous & toxic substances.

The Hub Newry’s Responsible Visitors Charter

Newry & Mourne attracts visitors from Europe & beyond to it’s beautiful coastline & mountains as well as some amazing city attractions. The Hub strives to help keep these landscapes & areas green for years to come and welcomes the continued support of its member residents & visitors.
We all have a responsibility to play in the sustainability and protection of the environment around us. We welcome contributions and suggestions from both our team, residents & visitors.
How we are responsible and sustainable:
To support local supplies, attractions and to help local charities
To abide by all environmental legislation and improve our working practices
To reduce the possibility of environmental damage to visitor attractions, locations and to instil Irish history & Heritage to our clients
To continually work with local community groups to maintain & improve the Newry & Mourne environment.
To learn more about new practices and innovative ideas and to utilise them to minimise environmental impacts
Here are some tips on how you can help while working at or visiting The Hub
Energy – Please turn off the lights, heater, computer equipment / printers if they are not being used.
Water – Remember to turn off taps & keep toilet flushing to a minimum.
Travel – The Hub’s representatives drive hybrid, eco-friendly model cars. We encourage you to please use public transport or walk or to car share when you can. This will greatly reduce your carbon footprint.
Shop Local – Use local products and services while visiting us. This will give you a diverse flavour of the area and you will help support local communities. In Ireland we are fortunate to have some fantastic producers of food, drink and arts & crafts. Ask one of our team members and we can help point you in the right direction.
Nature – Respect nature and the wildlife in & around The Hub by not littering, using footpaths and cycle ways if possible and applicable & by using our recycling bins.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Try to avoid overly packaged goods and try to reuse your carrier bags when possible. Recycle any waste you have.

The Hub Newry’s Sustainability Commitment

The Hub Newry is committed to continued development of the business in terms of sustainability, by using effective and efficient methods of practice.

Environment
Local environments are very important to The Hub Newry & we collaborate & are actively involved with several community groups representing & improving nature & culture & landscaping spaces within Newry & Mourne. Also actively encourage natural planting within the Hub’s space.

Car sharing, cycling, walking & is encouraged as preferred methods of travelling to so as not to add unnecessary pressures to the environment.  Hybrid cars are always used by Hub representatives to reduce the carbon footprint.

The Company ensures that it is fully committed to the reduction of waste through lean work methods by only sourcing what is needed for the job. This also cuts unnecessary costs, further enhancing the sustainable development of the economic progress of the company.

Community
Community is vital to our business both internally & externally. Our collaborative environment drives this forward as does our continued involved with a number of local business & community groups.
Community & culture is both locally & internationally & The Hub has a commitment of raising money through projects / events & donations for both a local & international charity, chosen on a quarterly, rota basis.
Member Residents & Visitors
Our continued success is based on our member residents & visitors & we continue to attract, retain & sustain the high levels of creative people. We seek to improve training & educating our residents on sustainability & help to grow & improve the environmental awareness.

Through shared understanding and commitment of the aims sustainable development set in the Regional Development Strategy for Northern Ireland, and ensuring that it is not an afterthought of projects, rather maintaining the values of sustainability throughout each project, The Hub Newry hopes to generate a shift in culture within the industry.

The Hub Newry’s Carbon Management Plan

In order that we continue to deliver & improve savings to our carbon emissions the following is a summary of our carbon management strategy:

  • Appoint a leader to deliver the carbon management strategy
  • Prepare a baseline assessment of current emissions
  • Ensure Hub members and visitors receive adequate training & updates
  • Identify, plan and deliver community initiatives
  • Deliver and monitor the waste management strategy
  • Deliver & monitor the water management strategy by educating
  • Deliver and monitor the travel strategy
  • Deliver and monitor the sustainable procurement strategy
  • Monitor & develop our involvement with nature conservation initiatives on a local & wider geographical basis
  • Regularly review opportunities to reduce energy consumption including:-
    • Improvements to the building fabric insulation properties
    • Improving controls to air conditioning and heating systems

The Hub Newry's Mental Wellbeing Pledge

 In our collaborative coworkingspace NI, we try our hardest to keep a check on happiness and wellbeing levels!

Here’s our mental wellbeing pledge to our coworkers and visitors:

“The Hub is determined to be a front runner in providing a successful and supportive coworkingspace in Newry.

To do this, The Hub aims to raise the awareness of many of the issues lone working presents, such as stress, loneliness, lack of networking, general well-being, and mental health.

Through initiatives and community activities, we strive to continually improve business growth and employment in our coworkingspace as well as the mental and social well-being of the people we work with.

Our weekly gatherings, and communications strategies let our residents and teams know what is going on in the community environment and ensures that there is something for everyone to get involved with. We always aim to include community groups and other businesses outside of The Hub Newry in our activities whether it be fundraising or green, ethical or sustainable projects and events.

We always work towards having a positive coworking environment, where people can work independently, while also having the support of like-minded peers. There is always someone to help in The Hub!”

Here at The Hub Newry, Northern Ireland we work hard to get the balance right as much as we can. ‪Community and ‪collaboration are massive aspects of our coworkingspace both within the ‪office and outside with the ‪local ‪businesses and community groups.

 

Our team having completed a course on “Mental Wellbeing First Aid in the ‎Workplace” and as a founding members of NewryThrives we realise more and more that our health and sanity are so important.

We all know “balance” is not always easy or consistent. Yes, we need to work to pay the bills and some of us are very passionate about our work but if your ‪health is even slightly out of kilter, be it, emotional or physical then this can have a huge knock effect on productivity at work or happiness at home.

Arrange a weekly coffee & chat within the office, even just for 30 minutes. Perhaps a monthly lunch / brunch / trip to pub or cafe. If you notice someone’s just not themselves then offer them 5 minutes, just a shoulder, don’t ignore it, what if the tables were turned?

Diet & exercise are a big part so encourage things like a fruit bowl in the office, stick up little post its with healthy snack suggestions or even have a soup club / smoothie club or rota / weekly jaunt. how about bringing in your dog once a week?

EVEN JUST TRY ONE OF THESE IDEAS AND SEE DOES IT LIFT YOUR SPIRIT’S?

If you have any questions regarding this article or are interested in learning more about coworking or coworking spaces in Ireland then

email: info@thehubnewry.com

or call us +44 (0)28 302 60122

 

 

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