The lower gardens won a coveted silver medal in Southwark in Bloom, a Peoples’ Places award and a Capital Growth award.
The upper garden is a Community Food Garden managed by local people and we recently hosted a successful event for Food Cycle. The building has energy saving devices and staff work hard to keep energy consumption as low as possible.
The Museum’s Environmental Policy
As an important institution within the local community as well as an International Landmark Site the Brunel Museum makes every effort to mitigate the environmental impact, both physical and social, of its activities. Through a continual process of assessment and improvement according to environmental legislation as well as our ethical duty towards sustainability it is a commitment understood and endorsed by our staff and one we endeavour to communicate to our visitors. Our environmental policies are to:
- Encourage, both amongst our staff and patrons, the use of public transport as a means of travelling to and from the museum, as well as promoting routes suitable for cyclists and pedestrians.
- Reduce waste though moderating consumption, recycling, reuse and responsible disposal.
- Rationalise our use of water through raising awareness about the importance of efficiency in the use of our appliances.
- Reduce our carbon footprint through the instillation of efficient systems for the heating and lighting of our building.
- Source environmentally sound products and use environmentally efficient services whenever possible.
- Promote environmental awareness in the local conservation area through encouraging participation in community schemes and sourcing local produce.
- Demonstrate awareness of the potential for noise pollution in the local community, and encourage our visitors to exercise sensitivity with regards that issue, particularly when on the museum’s outdoor premises
- Balance value for money considerations with ethical and socially responsible practices in all purchasing decisions.