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Centre wins gold in Green Award

The Taunton Conference Centre based at Somerset College, Taunton, has won a coveted gold Green Tourism Award – the top level in the national scheme to promote sustainability and green issues within tourism.

It was awarded by the Green Tourism Business Scheme, validated by the tourism body Visit Britain and assessed against rigorous criteria ranging from energy and water efficiency to waste management and more.

“We are thrilled, especially as the gold award is very difficult to achieve and we won it first time,” said Conference Manager Sam McIntyre.

“We have worked hard to ensure we’re sustainable by analysing all processes from recycling policies to the food we use, from using renewable energy and reducing our carbon emissions to sourcing local food and supporting the local economy.”

The Taunton Conference Centre includes two venues, the main Conference Centre and the unique Genesis Centre. This is a renewable energy training centre for the South West, a light and spacious environment that also demonstrates sustainable construction such as cob, straw and earth materials.

The venues cater for numbers from 10 to 200, and include everything from conference hall to small meeting rooms, locally sourced catering and state-of-the-art technology.

Caption: Sam McIntyre and the Green Tourism Award