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20Apr

Green Rewards Insight Seminar on Practical Engagement in Sustainability and Wellbeing

Key discussion topics: Plastic Waste, Sustainable Development Goals, Technology
 
On May 10th 2018, Green Rewards will host its annual insight seminar at the iconic October Gallery near London’s Russel Square.The event will host a range of speakers, broken into two panel discussions and will end with a launch of Green Rewards’ new global product, followed by drinks and canapés.
 
The first panel will be chaired by Amanda Carpenter from the Legal Sustainability Alliance and will discuss “Building the business case for engagement”. Provisional speakers include representatives from Barclays, the University of Strathclyde and the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.
 
The second panel will be chaired by Henry Majed from the Innovation Gateway and will focus on “Exploiting technology to embed behaviour change”. Speakers include Mike Lynch from RBS, ...
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06Apr

Walking to work is more than just exercise…

Walking to work is beneficial for your health, wellbeing and for the environment.
 
Walking is a fantastic alternative to the gym, improves your fitness and reduces your risk of disease. Time spent outside your car and away from the stress of rush hour traffic also gives you a chance to organise your thoughts, calm your mind and have some time to yourself before a busy day at work. It’s also time for you to wind-down on the way back from work, with physical activity proven to be an effective form of stress release - which you won’t get siting still in your car.
 
Plus, you’ll be doing your bit for the environment! A quarter of UK greenhouse gas emissions come from transport, which also creates poor air quality in cities. If more of us walked to work, it would make a big difference to our individual carbon emissions and help work towards national carbon reduction targets. 
 
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23Mar

Beyond the blackout - How Earth Hour is raising awareness around the world

This weekend millions of us around the world will be switching off all non-essential lights between 8.30pm and 9.30pm (local time) as a symbolic display of solidarity for the planet. 

Earth Hour is an annual event and campaign, brought about by the World Wildlife Fund to encourage us to think about the impact our actions have on the Earth’s biodiversity and natural resource reserves. According to the World Wildlife Fund, if we don’t take action on climate change, we could lose up to 50% of species by the end of this century.
 
 

If we don’t take action on climate change, we could lose up to 50% of species from the world’s most precious places by the end of this century.
Your actions can make a difference, join us this #EarthHour and make a #PromiseForThePlanet. https://t.co/mi6WMjqcru pic.twitter.com/m4ecWvwQEw

— Earth Hour (@earthhour) 18 March 2018
 
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28Feb

The World’s Most Successful Companies Treat People Differently

 

Only 30% of employees are engaged in their jobs, which means the other 70% of our workforce are getting paid to eat, sleep, work, repeat. Finding a way to address this vast amount of people who are sleep-walking through their jobs is the task of Glen Elliot, in his new book: Build it – the Rebel Playbook for Employee Engagement.

 

 
The book made its debut on the 23rd February and is already an Amazon bestseller, with endorsements from New York Times bestselling author Daniel H Pink, Netflix former Chief Talent Officer Patty McCord and CEO and bestselling author Margaret Heffernan. So what makes the book so special?
 
Build it emphasises the importance of employee wellbeing, and it presents a compelling business case for having a happier ...
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26Feb

MAKE THE SWITCH: HOW TO INCORPORATE FAIRTRADE IN YOUR LIFE

Fairtrade Fortnight is running from the 26th February - 11th March this year. Fairtrade products ensure decent working conditions, local sustainability, better prices and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.

Buying Fairtrade is easy. There are over 4,500 Fairtrade products from food and drink, to clothes and even gold. So if you're looking to become a more ethical consumer, keep reading for our top tips on how to make it happen. 

 

Start with the easy items

There are a few everyday items that are easy to swap out for Fairtrade versions, such as bananas and chocolate. One in three bananas bought in the UK is Fairtrade and it makes a huge difference to thousands of farmers, workers and their families. So whether you’re after one of your five a day or more of a sugar hit, why not see if you can swap your ...
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19Feb

Sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions: 4 ways to exercise and feel great

We’ve reached the time of year when New Year’s Resolutions go out of the window. You survived January, it’s cold and wet out and your motivation is slipping. Don’t give up! We’ve gathered some top tips from members of the JUMP team for sticking to your exercise goals in 2018 while doing some good for your community too.

1) Join your local parkrun
Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km runs all around the world. Open to people of every ability, I can’t imagine a more welcoming place to get active. Make sure you register online first and you’ll get a personal barcode you can use to track your time each week. We bet you'll see progress in no time.
 
Head to parkrun to get involved.
 
2) Work out to help out
Many community projects across the UK aim to integrate exercise with community service to support health, provide help and strengthen communities. One ...
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02Feb

How to travel smart and reduce your carbon footprint without ditching your car

Transport accounts for around a quarter of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, so travelling sustainably is one of the most important things you do to cut down your carbon footprint.

Walking and cycling are the greenest options for commuting to work, with zero emissions associated to these forms of transport. But if you live far away from work and walking or cycling isn’t an option for you, there are still plenty of things you can do to make your journey in a car more energy efficient and less harmful to the planet.

Car sharing
 
You can cut the cost of your daily commute and your carbon footprint by car sharing. There are plenty of options for car sharing; from setting up an informal car share with your colleagues in the office to offering a lift on Liftshare.com or joining Co-Wheels car club.
 
Inflate your tires, deflate your footprint
 
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24Jan

What does a plastic-free life like look like?

If the latte levy got you ruffled enough to swap to a keep cup and the ban on microbeads made you think twice about the kinds of cosmetics you are using then you will know by now that it’s a challenge to lead a completely plastic-free life.
 
Here at Green Rewards, our philosophy is that the cumulative impact of individual actions can have a significant impact. Our engagement programmes have proven this to be the case. So if like many environmental groups, you think the Government’s 25 year environmental plan lacks the urgency to tackle the plastics problem, then there’s a lot you can do at an individual level to generate change.
 
Here are some day-to-day steps you can take to make plastic free life a little easier:
 
The Last Straw
 
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05Jan

Green Rewards on the rise - Our top 5 highlights from 2017

Last year was a fantastic year for Green Rewards, with some truly outstanding achievements for our JUMP programme. We’re proud to share our highlights from 2017 with you below, and look forward to the exciting opportunities 2018 will bring.

1.       JUMP welcomes 3 new Universities

We started 2017 with the launch of a JUMP pilot at Bournemouth University to 450 employees. A year later, we are rolling out the programme to all 2,000 employees at the University and we’ve got 2 other new Universities also implementing the JUMP programme. Following a successful 4 month pilot from Sept –Dec 2017, the University of Winchester will also roll out the JUMP programme to all staff in January 2018. The University of Strathclyde has also joined our ranks, as the first Scottish university to launch JUMP, with a pilot rolling out to 250 employees in February 2018.
 
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22Dec

Ho ho hold on a minute! Read this before you tuck into your mince pies…

Christmas is finally here and we are all about to head out of the office to start our festivities! Before you do make sure you read our all-important tips for having a greener Christmas:

1.       Leaving the office
 
 
Before heading out of the office for your Christmas break today don't forget to do a final sweep of your office and switch off all electronic equipment. Turning computers and monitors off at night can save a whopping £35 a year per desk! So make sure you have systems in place to ensure no energy is wasted over the holiday period, like a last-one-out checklist, or signs to remind everyone to switch off.

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