Green Guru Georgia joins The Guinness Partnership
Published by Holly.Smith@Guinness for Guinness South in Housing and also in Communities, Environment
National housing association, The Guinness Partnership, has created the opportunity for one of their young unemployed residents to “learn whilst she earns” through a Sustainability Apprenticeship role, which seeks to support other residents and staff save money through a reduction in their energy consumption and carbon footprint.
Twenty year-old Guinness South resident, Georgia Parmenter, from Horley, Surrey recently started her year-long apprenticeship based at the Guinness South offices in Horley, where she will help Guinness South staff and residents to become more aware of sustainability issues, whilst working towards a Diploma in Business Administration.
Georgia said: “I’ve always been really interested in the environment and conscious of how much energy my family and I use. When I saw Guinness South was recruiting for a Sustainability Apprentice I was really interested. The idea of on the job training, while getting paid was really attractive to me.”
One of Georgia’s first tasks will be making sure that Guinness South are reducing their electricity consumption by 5% over the next year across all their offices, by switching off items that aren’t in use; for example, photocopiers, computer monitors and lights.
Georgia continued: “It’s really surprising the little changes you can make to save energy and money. It’s quite shocking that some people don’t necessarily think about ‘switching off’ in the work place. I’m really looking forward to working with staff and residents over the coming months, helping change people’s attitudes towards what being sustainable means, as well as saving people money.”
As well as working with Guinness South staff, Georgia will be working with residents to reduce their energy and water consumption to help lower their utility bills through the ‘Money and Energy Saving Scheme for You’ - MESSY scheme. The MESSY scheme provides one-to-one advice for residents in their homes on how to reduce energy consumption and utility tariff advice to help tackle fuel poverty among residents.
Victoria Cartwright, Sustainability Manager, said: “Sustainability is integral to everything that The Guinness Partnership does. For us, it is about working together with our residents to protect the environment for our generation and future generations to come. We adopt this ethos with everything; from the new homes we build, to the renovation work we carry out at our existing homes. Not only that but we try to educate our staff, residents and those we do business with, to improve their sustainable practices too.”