Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) is setting an environmental example for all large-scale venues: for every major conference event staged at the centre, the venue sponsors the planting of an acre of native trees.
Staff at the SECC are all aware of the potential impact events at the centre can have on the environment, and over the past decade the company has made a keen effort to operate in an environmentally sustainable way wherever possible.
One of several initiatives is SECC’s support of the Trees for Life conservation charity, dedicated to the restoration and regeneration of the Caledonian Forest in the Highlands of Scotland. The charity’s aim is to link up several fragments of the Caledonian Forest and re-establish a green corridor from Glen Moriston to Glen Affric in the north, creating a continuous stretch of native woodland.
The SECC is the charity’s largest regular corporate supporter. To date, the venue has donated more than £16,000 to Trees for Life, sponsoring 39 acres of the Dundreggan estate, which was purchased by the charity earlier this year.
The first acre of trees was donated in November 2006 at the Drug Therapy in HIV Infection congress – and when the conference returned to the SECC earlier this month it sponsored the final acre of trees for the purchase. To mark the occasion Glasgow’s deputy lord provost Alan Stewart presented a commemorative plaque to Professor Ian Weller, chairman of the conference.
‘The city is delighted with the SECC’s involvement in the restoration of the Caledonian Forest – and the news that Trees for Life has finally completed the purchase of the Dundreggan Estate,’ said Alan Stewart. ‘It is very encouraging that so many of the conference organisers visiting the SECC have welcomed this initiative, and it is particularly fitting that Drug Therapy in HIV Infection, who were presented with the first acre of trees, have returned to accept the final acre to mark the purchase of Dundreggan Estate.’
Trees for Life’s executive director, Alan Watson Featherstone, said: ‘The support we receive from SECC is essential to the success of our project at Dundreggan, and is making a real difference to our work there. We’re delighted to work in partnership with SECC, a company that is making a concerted effort to be environmentally sustainable.’
Ian Weller, chairman of Drug Therapy in HIV Infection, receives a commemorative plaque from the deputy lord provost of Glasgow, Alan Stewart
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