Top ‘sustainable business award’ for Pennypot Day Nursery
Pennypot Day Nursery in Chobham, are Efficiency Champion Award winners in the Crest21 Business Awards after nearly two decades of exceptional environmental achievements and outstanding eco-learning opportunities for children.
Finalists in two categories of the competition to find the best sustainable businesses in Surrey, the nursery in Pennypot Lane holds the Eco-schools ‘Green Flag’ award for exceptional environmental conservation and awareness; sends zero waste to landfill and is powered by electricity from renewable sources.
Pennypot Manager Carol McDonough:
“I couldn’t be more proud or delighted because this award recognises my team’s unfailing passion and dedication to efficiency and sustainability and the exceptional eco-learning activities they provide for our children,” she said thanking parents for their unfailing support.
The Pennypot Day Nursery Eco-Committee has five practitioners and six children from the Preschool Room whose responsibilities include monitoring nursery recycling efforts; ensuring taps are not left running; unnecessary lights are switched off, and that knowledge about conservation is shared.
All age groups at the nursery are involved in eco projects which include planting fruit, vegetables and herbs in the large garden which are then harvested for learning purposes or give to the Nursery Chefs for use in meals and snacks. Food scraps from snack breaks are used to ‘feed’ the nursery composter.
The garden also plays host to a number of animal habitats, including a bug hotel and the children’s hand-made birdfeeders to encourage biodiversity, and further co-research into garden life and habitats takes place inside at the ‘Smart Board’ and around themed ‘tuff trays’.
Following a year-long in-depth analysis of energy use, efficiency measures and emissions to establish an accurate carbon footprint, Pennypot has seen its carbon emissions drop from 26.7 tCO2e (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) in 2017/2018 to 22.5 tCO2e in 2018/2019 and is now focused on achieving a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030.