An environmental awareness event was organised at the Ruoholahden Sulka property in early October, during the peak lunch hour. The event’s main themes were energy efficiency and the recovery and recycling of waste.

Sponda hosted the environmental event together with Deloitte, an environmental partner of Sponda and a tenant of the Ruoholahden Sulka building, and its partners Theron Catering, Lassila & Tikanoja, WWF and Ovenia.

The event attracted dozens of people who work in the building to learn more about how everyone can increase the energy efficiency and environmental responsibility of the property sometimes referred to as the Deloitte building. The environmental awareness event also provided information on the environmental and energy impacts of workplace meals.

The environmental awareness events are part of the Environmental Partnership Programme launched by Sponda in 2011 with the aim of reducing the energy consumption of business premises, improving waste recycling and making the environment more attractive and comfortable in partnership with customers.

A few events per year

“We organise environmental awareness events a few times a year in cooperation with our partners. Sponda currently has some twenty environmental partners, and the number is growing every year. Our environmental cooperation with customers is aimed at minimising the environmental impacts from the use of our properties,” explains Hannamari Koivula, Sustainability Manager at Sponda.

The Ruoholahden Sulka office building already stands out as an environmentally responsible property: According to Jarmo Pousi, Property Manager at Ovenia, the volume of landfill waste generated at the property has fallen from nine tonnes to one tonne in the past four years. The building’s main tenant, Deloitte, has also been successful in achieving its environmental targets, including a 20 per cent reduction in its electricity consumption from last year.

“At the same time, we have reduced greenhouse gas emissions from travel by cutting down on flying and implementing remote work solutions,” says Sirpa Känkänen, Office Management Leader at Deloitte.

Your meal choices affect the environment

Lassila & Tikanoja was on hand at the event to highlight the importance of sorting waste by providing tips on how everyone can contribute to reducing the volume of landfill waste generated at the property.

“Every property has its own needs with respect to waste sorting. At the event, we provided an opportunity for people to learn more about waste sorting practices at this specific property,” says Janne Savolainen, Customer Service Manager at Lassila & Tikanoja.

Also present at the event was Theron Catering, a diverse provider of catering services with approximately 60 employees that was making its first appearance at a Sponda environmental awareness event, and WWF, an established partner for these events.

“As the event took place during the lunch hour, we wanted to emphasise that it is also possible to protect the environment by making appropriate meal choices. A diet high in vegetables is an environmentally friendly alternative. The food choices we make can affect greenhouse gas emissions,” explains Helka Julkunen, Head of the Green Office Programme at WWF.