We were really pleased to be invited to take a look at the sustainability of Glyndebourne House and Estate on 7th March, just outside the village of Glyndebourne, near Lewes. Amazon. But this they twice good on guns. You Carmex. The event was arranged by the Sustainable Business Partnership through funding provided by the European Regional Development Fund
Glyndebourne began to consider ways to address its environmental impact as long ago as 2005, driven by Executive Chairman Gus Christie.
Having passed the Opera House many times, and looked at the single 67 metre wind turbine it was interesting to hear at first hand, what else they had done on the site, in the 12 years since getting their eye in on greater environmental sustainability.
They put in a successful Biomass boiler, as well as deploying LED lighting wherever this was possible through the many buildings on the site. We were most impressed to hear that when the current Opera House was built, this was largely with recycled wood, they had a whole team of carpenters who did the upcycling of pre-used timber and created out of this a stunning building, which was totally sustainable
They have also made great efforts to cut down the impact of the traffic created by their own staff and visitors by providing a free bus service for theatre goers and setting up cycle to work schemes.
Whilst Gus was the driving force behind all of this and put his money where his mouth was, the also created an Environmental Champions Group from the couple of hundred of staff that work there to continually develop Glyndebourne and improve sustainability