Sustainability is at the heart of West Bay Discovery Centre. We try to operate in a way that is kind to the environment. We aren’t perfect and we will continue to look at ways that we can reduce our carbon emissions and energy consumption, reduce our plastic usage and encourage everyone to refill and recycle.
West Bay Discovery Centre aims to raise awareness and inspire visitors and volunteers to take action to reduce their carbon footprint, help mitigate the causes of climate change and to maintain the diversity of the wildlife and natural habitats.
Our environment policy sets out the standards to be maintained and a range of future targets.
It has introduced policies to monitor and control energy usage and now purchases 100% renewable electricity.
Wherever possible it avoids activity that gives rise to waste and has containers to collect any waste paper and card used in the Centre for recycling. The majority of our items for our pop up exhibitions are borrowed from our local community. Waste from our exhibitions is minimal.
West Bay Discovery Centre runs frequent campaigns to inform the public about waste and related pollution issues, particularly as they impact on wildlife and marine habitats. Examples are the “Washed Ashore” and “Turning the Tide” seasonal exhibitions. It works in partnership with bodies such as Dorset Litter Free Coast and Seas, the West Bay Beach Cleans and Five Things Clear.
The Centre has a small gift shop where visitors can find well-made and designed items that offer fair value for money for the customer. A significant proportion of the items stocked have been produced by local craftspeople and artisans. It selects items that are sold in minimal packaging. Plastic and non-recyclable materials avoided where possible initially and phased out. Where appropriate it works with suppliers towards achieving these aims.
External areas are maintained without the use of artificial fertilisers or pesticides (except in extreme circumstances) and planted to benefit bees and other insects.