Here at Wear Referrals, we have earned prestigious recognition for our sustainability work from a national accreditation scheme.
Our ambitious green efforts have been rewarded with a bronze award from Investors in the Environment (iiE), a national accreditation scheme created to help businesses assess and reduce their environmental impacts.
We set up a dedicated ‘green group’ and introduced a raft of changes across our hospital to gain the recognition from iiE, which has teamed up with Linnaeus in a unique partnership that sees up to 50 per cent of the vet group’s practices across the UK taking part in its accreditation scheme. To achieve the highly-regarded bronze award, We have implemented changes such as a tree-planting initiative and reducing its electricity usage in a bid to dramatically offset its carbon footprint.
Registered veterinary nurse Maren Junior is leading the sustainability drive for us. She said: “As a team here at Wear, we have always been aware of our environmental impact and formed a group of environmental enthusiasts to help put together a plan of action to achieve this iiE recognition.
“We meet regularly to discuss how we can reduce the carbon footprint at our hospital and we have already introduced a number of improvements, some major and some minor, which are transforming the way in which we care for the environment.
“We have launched a memorial tree-planting scheme which honours the memory of pets who have passed away and acknowledges of the importance of pets in our lives, while also forming part of our sustainability efforts.
“As part of this scheme, we have partnered with the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, a charity which supports the people, landscape and wildlife of the Dales and surrounding areas.
“Since 1996, it has supported the planting of 1.5 million trees and delivered inspiring projects covering areas as diverse as countryside apprenticeships, supporting local communities, restoring woodlands and wildlife habitats.
“Elsewhere, we are actively supporting the Linnaeus ‘Paws to Turn Off’ campaign, which urges team members to switch off lights and air conditioning in a bid to reduce our annual electricity consumption.”
Ellie West, environmental sustainability lead at Linnaeus, said: “I’m delighted to see Wear Referrals receive this bronze iiE award.
“Linnaeus focuses strongly on quality of care and this translates to becoming a sustainable business and upholding our responsibilities to our clients, associates and communities.
“I am so excited to be leading this ambitious sustainability agenda that will strive to deliver a better future for everyone and we’re thrilled to see another of our Linnaeus partners really achieving excellence.”