Environmental policy

Protecting the environment is central to our business

Dot Dot Dot Property Guardians is a social enterprise, in business to contribute to communities and to protect our environment. Our environmental policy is therefore central to what we do.

We exist to place guardians who are committed to voluntary work in buildings that would otherwise be empty. By doing so, we get those properties into use for everyone’s benefit, protecting landlords and neighbourhoods from the problems that vacant buildings can attract, and providing inexpensive accommodation for guardians.

This approach prevents the environmental problems that can result from buildings from becoming derelict – when they are neglected, the materials and energy which have gone into building them is wasted, and energy- and resource-intensive remedial work may be needed to repair them.

Many of our guardians will also be involved with voluntary work which improves the environment. By providing them with a cheap home, Dot Dot Dot hopes to make it possible for them to increase the time they contribute to such work.

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that concern for the environment and determination to make the best use of resources is part of all our operations, including management, office services, printing, delivery and procurement.

Responsibility and resources

Beatrice Hackett, Dot Dot Dot Head of Operations, is responsible for ensuring that the policy is implemented and that resources are available to allow us to carry out our environmental aims.

Our policy is to…

…Apply the “reduce, re-use, recycle” approach to waste streams

…Support initiatives to develop sustainable local communities

…Review and monitor our effect on the environment, and take steps to reduce our impact

…Promote sustainable transport options among our employees and property guardians

..Provide energy saving, waste minimisation and water conservation advice to our employees and property guardians

…Maintain and promote environmental purchasing principles throughout our business activities

…Raise awareness, encourage participation and train employees in environmental matters

…Meet or exceed all the environmental legislation that relates to Dot Dot Dot.