Accreditation Examples: Sustainability and Ethical Activities

In order to achieve BGCI Accreditation, applicants are required to implement a number of sustainability and ethical activities and provide evidence of these in their application.

Examples of sustainability and ethical activities (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Sustainability plan/documentation
  • Waste reduction, recycling schemes, or composting in place and on display to the public with appropriate interpretation
  • Renewable energy constitutes a proportion of the garden’s energy portfolio and energy conservation measures being implemented
  • Water saving or recycling schemes in place
  • ISO14001 or other recognised sustainability accreditation gained
  • Responsible sourcing of commodities and products sold in retail outlets
  • Responsible sourcing of materials and plants used by the organisation
  • Ethical funding policy in place
  • Leadership commitment to staff and visitor diversity and inclusion
  • Ecological sustainability in landscape management (e.g. fertiliser use, pesticide application, etc…)

Below you will find examples of evidence for sustainability and ethical activities submitted by successful BGCI Accreditation applicants.

 

Associated resources

  • Eden Project Sustainability Policy

    Services for Botanic Gardens / Tool / English
  • Garden in the Woods Solar Panels

    Services for Botanic Gardens / Tool / English
  • Garden in the Woods Sustainability Action Plan

    Services for Botanic Gardens / Tool / English
  • National Botanic Garden of Wales Enviornmental and Sustainability Policy

    Services for Botanic Gardens / Tool / English
  • National Botanic Garden of Wales Grey Water Recycling

    Services for Botanic Gardens / Tool / English
  • National Botanic Garden of Wales Water Source Heat Pump

    Services for Botanic Gardens / Tool / English
  • North Carolina Botanical Garden Green Events Policy

    Services for Botanic Gardens / Tool / English
  • OKC Zoo Composting Protocol

    Services for Botanic Gardens / Tool / English
  • United States Botanic Garden Green Team New Employee Checklist

    Services for Botanic Gardens / Tool / English

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