BSI British Standards teams up with Manchester United to promote sustainability in schools

Press release - 20 May 2008

BSI British Standards has teamed up with Manchester United Football Club to promote its GetGreenGo™ sustainable challenge for schools. Winners of GetGreenGo™ will get the chance to visit Old Trafford and find out about the sustainability initiatives taking place there.

GetGreenGo™ is a chance for schools to apply the principles of BS 8901, the BSI standard on sustainable event management, published last year. The standard provides events organizers with a framework within which to develop a system for managing the overall environmental, social and economic impact of an event. GetGreenGo™ takes BS 8901 as its starting point for encouraging schools to make existing events more sustainable, socially, economically and environmentally.

GetGreenGo™ entries so far include a workshop where pupils made products from food packaging and a tea party with fair-trade food and drink. As well as receiving prizes of up to £1,500, the nine winning schools will be invited to receive their awards in an exciting event held at Old Trafford. There is still plenty of time for schools to enter the competition before the 20 June closing date. 

Keith McIntosh, Health, Safety and Environmental Manager at Manchester United, said, “Manchester United is delighted to support GetGreenGo™ as it charges forward with its sustainability agenda for Old Trafford. Manchester United is looking at the possibility of complying with BS 8901 in the future and is thrilled to have the opportunity to trial a sustainable event with the GetGreenGo™ Awards.”

Mike Low, Director of BSI British Standards, said, “This is a great opportunity for schools to demonstrate their commitment to environmental, social and economic issues and for young people to build on their understanding of sustainability in a fun way. BSI is delighted that Manchester United is offering winners the chance to visit Old Trafford and learn about the sustainability initiatives taking place there.”

GetGreenGo™ judges include:

Keith McIntosh, Health, Safety and Environmental Manager, Manchester United Football Club
Adam Nethersole, Senior Marketing Manager, DEFRA
Fiona Pelham, Managing Director, Organise This & Chair of BS 8901
Karen Ford, Managing Director, Footprint Friends
Anne Hayes, Head of Market Development, BSI British Standards
Mike Low, Director of BSI British Standards

About BSI Group
BSI British Standards is part of BSI Group, a global independent business services organization that inspires confidence and delivers assurance to customers with standards-based solutions. Originating as the world’s first national standards body, the Group has over 2,250 staff operating in over 100 countries through more than 50 global offices. The Group’s key offerings are:

  • The development and sale of private, national and international standards and supporting information
  • Second and third-party management systems assessment and certification
  • Product testing and certification of services and products
  • Performance management software solutions
  • Training services in support of standards implementation and business best practice.