Did any of you attend The Hospital Club’s recent Sustainability Week? Running from 22-28 November at the central London private members’ club, the seven-day programme included discussions, talks and screenings, all of which were free for both members and non-members – a clear indication of the club’s commitment to ensuring that everyone learns more about sustainability and how it features in our everyday lives.
Each day of Sustainability Week revolved around a different theme, from foraging through to media and the language of sustainability. There was also a day focussing on the responsibility of the citizen, and another that looked at the role of design and performance. High profile speakers included Jo Daniels (M&S), Alex Base (HSBC), fashion designer Katherine Hamnett, Jonathan Wise (Vision Bristol), Brett Scoot (The Brixton Pound) and poet-performer Pele Cox.
It’s with ventures like this one, says club owner Paul G Allen, that The Hospital Club aims to bring different communities together to discuss and share ideas about how we can be more responsible as global citizens. The idea was born 18 months ago, when the Hospital Club hosted a dinner with a range of specialists including climatologists, behavioural scientists, playwrights and business leaders whose aim is to “enliven debate and create a manifesto of ideas with artists and media leading from the front,” added Guy Battle, founder of The Sustainable Business Partnership and Planet First (a specialist business management consultancy that is focused on helping organisations integrate sustainability into day to day business activities and navigate the complexity of a rapidly changing world).
Battle and his company have been working with The Hospital Club on the week-long project, alongside the UK’s leading documentary film distributor, Dogwoof, which also scheduled a free members’ film each night exploring each day’s issue. The films included ‘Page One: Inside the New York Times’ and ‘How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Forster’.
Last year, The Hospital Club was awarded the Planet Mark in recognition of its commitment to bring sustainable practices into the core of its business. Since then, various measures have been put in place to enable us to achieve their goal of reducing their carbon footprint by 5% year to year. The club restaurant was also recently awarded two stars by the prestigious Sustainable Restaurant Association.