Belfast shopping centre, CastleCourt, will go green for the month of May with a series of events to promote sustainability, eco-friendly activities and healthy living.
The centre, which already has a solid reputation for its environmental commitments having achieved ‘zero waste’ status in 2012, will partner with a number of local organisations to promote its latest green campaign.
Working with Belfast Bikes, Translink, Travelwise and Sustrans, CastleCourt has planned a number of initiatives throughout the month of May which will help staff and customers focus on healthy habits whilst helping the environment too.
Following research, CastleCourt discovered 46% of staff travel to work by car. It is now encouraging customers, staff and retailers to adopt new means of transport by promoting the bike racks which are available at all the centre’s exits, as well as the hugely popular Belfast Bikes which are just outside CastleCourt’s main entrance along with availing of the numerous bus stops surrounding the centre, making it easier to leave the car at home.
Centre Director, Paul McMahon, said:
“We have been committed to green initiatives for many years now and have had great success in reducing our waste and increasing recycling. Now we’re keen to focus on other areas of sustainability and have teamed up with a number of organisations to help us deliver a month-long campaign which will help promote healthy living whilst also benefiting the local environment.
“Anything we can do to reduce traffic on our roads or encourage a healthier lifestyle among our customers and staff, whether from a travel congestion or environmental perspective, is to the benefit of everyone and we look forward to this month-long focus but will strive to ensure it continues throughout the year and beyond.”
CastleCourt will support Walk to School Week which takes place from 16-20 May and will also take part in the Active Belfast Challenge throughout the month of May which aims to get as many people as possible choosing to make more of their journeys by walking, cycling, running, using public transport or lift-sharing.
In addition to these initiatives, CastleCourt’s Kids’ Club will host a number of weekend activities including road safety workshops, fun active classes and eco-friendly recycling schemes. The centre’s Charity Charter partner Autism NI will also saddle up for a fundraising endurance cycle on a static bike in the centre, travelling the equivalent distance of Belfast to Paris on Saturday 28thMay.