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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All


FSC Flatford Mill is well known for its environmental performance, the staff's efforts to reduce the Centre's carbon footprint and their desire to develop various sustainability projects as well as educate children about ecological issues. In 2013, The Centre was the winner of Suffolk's Greenest Small Business Award and in 2014 FSC Flatford Mill received the Suffolk Carbon Charter Gold Standard award.

Suffolk Carbon Charter Gold Award

The Carbon Charter is awarded by Suffolk County council to companies that are monitoring and reducing their carbon emissions.  It is intended to provide public recognition of this vital step to Suffolk’s shared goal of Creating the Greenest County.  The Gold Charter is the highest possible level and is only awarded to companies that, in addition to showing significant reductions in their carbon emissions, are also positively engaging their communities, whether through their supply chain, customers or staff.

The panel decided that we meet all of the required targets for the Gold level of accreditation. They particularly praised our strong commitment to reducing emissions evidenced by a reduction of over 10%. The panel were also impressed with our well thought out & feasible sustainable procurement strategy that we have recently put into place. They were encouraged to see that we work actively with NT, RSPB and Dedham Vale AONB, including running monthly Youth Rangers days for 14-18 year olds to get practical conservation experience. The panel were also impressed by our efforts to develop an offer of subsidised rates for local Eco-Schools, which we are initiating during September 2014. 

More information on the Carbon charter can be found at: Green Suffolk where you can find out about other Carbon Charter award holders and how other organisations can develop their own carbon reduction plans.


Suffolk’s Greenest Small Business

Creating the Greenest County Awards are an annual event that highlight the excellent environmental achievements that are being carried out across the county. Communities, businesses, schools and individuals, from protecting our natural landscape to developing innovative ways to reduce carbon emissions to reducing waste, everyone is doing their bit to help make Suffolk the greenest county. 

In 2013, Flatford Mill won two awards: Greenest Small Business 2013 and Environment Agency Award for Adaptation 2013.

They were awarded to the Centre for our work between 2010 and 2012 when we saw the successful completion of a project to upgrade facilities at Flatford Mill Field Centre, in which action to reduce carbon emissions was one of the key objectives. Compared to 2010, before work started, our monitoring of energy consumption within the business premises showed a 15% reduction in emissions by the end of 2012. The development of this programme showed how it is possible to plan and manage substantial CO2 reductions within a business and to share these successes and the reasons for pursuing them. Since 2012, our emissions have continued to reduce.


Quality Badge

Flatford Mill, has been awarded the Quality Badge by The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom by demonstrating that they consistently deliver high quality teaching and learning experiences and manage risk effectively.