This Saturday (12th September) Standen will be hosting our first (annual) Green Living 2015 event. It will be on from 11am to 4pm and will be exploring different ways that we can save energy and reduce waste.
The National Trust has set us a goal of reducing our energy use by 20% by 2020. In response to this a Green Forum was set up to look at different ways and methods to help Standen achieve this goal. The Green Forum is made up of representatives from across the property, both staff and volunteers, who are passionate about all things Green. Although we have not been active for very long, we have already put in some basic measures to help get our message across, such as placing stickers on light switches and computer monitors reminding people to turn them off when they are not in use of at the end of the day. We have also installed some 4 watt LED light bulbs along the Dog Leg corridor through into the historic kitchen – these alone could save us over a £100 a year.
Being Green is not only about big dramatic projects like installing solar panels or having a biomass boiler, it is also about educating people about why we need to save energy and how we can do so in little ways. This is where our Green Living event comes in.
On Saturday, there will be several stalls set up in the main Courtyard near the house, where representatives from the Green Forum will be with leaflets and information with tips on how you can save energy in your own home. There will be posters up around the property talking about what measures we , at Standen, have already taken and what we are looking to do in the future. A trail will also be available from the Green Forum stand helping you to explore some of these options. There will also be representatives from the West Sussex County Council talking about their Love Food Hate Waste campaign.
We look forward to welcoming you to Green Living at Standen on Saturday!