An initiative has been launched to recognise the business community’s efforts to go green and be more sustainable.

Businesses of all sizes across the region are being invited to apply for Green South Downs – a new programme that rewards enterprises for taking steps towards helping the environment and local community.

It comes after a pilot scheme saw 19 businesses win gold, silver or bronze certificates for taking simple measures to help the planet, such as reducing carbon consumption, reducing water usage, volunteering and creating space for wildlife.

The scheme is being launched by the South Downs National Park Authority in partnership with Green Tourism.

Businesses that sign up to Green South Downs will receive a step-by-step bespoke package to help them on their journey and will receive training on sustainability and carbon literacy, as well as strategic support around waste management, climate action, nature and energy.

The certification is based on Green Tourism’s assessment framework, which provides a review of a business’ sustainability performance, based on three areas: people, place and planet.

Andrea Nicholas, Green Tourism’s chief executive officer, said: “We are proud to partner with the South Downs National Park Authority in developing this ground-breaking programme to raise awareness of sustainability across the national park. We hope the examples set by the pilot businesses will encourage others to join this like-minded community in making such a valuable contribution to the sustainable economy of this beautiful area.”

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