Developments at Robinson College

The Conference Cambridge venue is going green and encouraging delegates to be early risers…

The University of Cambridge’s Robinson College has launched Green+, a new service package designed to minimise the impact of commercial business activity on the environment, whilst helping meet the sustainability goals of the college and its clients.

The new package will encourage the use of environmentally considerate initiatives, such as ensuring conference correspondence is electronic, the provision of recycling facilities in all meeting rooms and arranging for conference materials to be locally sourced and delivered.

Green+ will also give clients the opportunity to convey their CSR goals, allowing the college to help them in meeting these at their event.

Robinson College is well known for its commitment to sustainability, having put in place the ‘College Environmental Policy’, legislation which acknowledges a responsibility for, and a commitment to the protection of the environment at all levels, and is monitored and updated via the ‘College Environment Forum’.

Last year the college was commended for these initiatives when it won Silver in the National Union of Students Impact Awards, which rewards and celebrates academic venues that take measures to reduce the environmental impact of their day-to-day operations.

Nick Milne, conference and catering manager, says: “Achieving our sustainability goals is incredibly important to Robinson College, so we take great efforts to ensure that we are reducing any negative impacts has on the environment.

“We know that CSR is a priority to many of our clients, so we hope that Green+ will help them to easily achieve these goals and make their events more environmentally friendly.”

Green+ is the latest addition to the college’s award winning Service+ portfolio, which also includes Delegate+, an electronic tool to help manage delegates’ bookings from invitation through to the day of the event, and Tech+, which provides organisers with technical support and gives attendees up to 300 mbps of Wi-Fi connectivity.

The Crausaz Wordsworth Building, set to open later this summer, is now near completion after £5 million was invested into the new seminar space. The permanent structure has been designed to create extra space for academic requirements, with plans to make use of the additional facilities for the college’s meetings and events business. Robinson College are celebrating the near completion by unveiling the new Crausaz Wordsworth Building Early Riser Day Delegate Rate.

Robinson College unveiled its Crausaz Wordsworth Building Early Riser Day Delegate Rate. The new package is aimed at those delegates travelling from across the country who are making an early start to get to Cambridge or for those who would like to start their meetings earlier on in the day. Included is a new range of options on the continental breakfast buffet menus 2015, designed to promote productivity and help maintain concentration. Prices start from £54.95 + VAT per person and includes:

  • Choice of three items from the continental breakfast menu
  • Morning coffee and afternoon tea
  • Exclusive use of the Crausaz Wordsworth Building
  • Hot and cold buffet style lunch
  • Projection facilities in all meeting rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Up to two complimentary organiser car park spaces
  • Dedicated event manager and AV technician

Particular highlights include a new range of options on continental breakfast buffet menus 2015, such as:  ‘From the Bakery’, a tantalising array of Danish pastries, muffins and bagels. For those who prefer a healthier start to their morning a selection of fruit, energy bars and rye rolls are available as well as a range of smoothies. All menus have been designed to promote productivity and help maintain concentration.

Nick Milne, conference and catering manager, says: “Our Early Riser DDR promotes the rise in popularity of starting earlier and finishing earlier. As well as the popular perception that people are at their most productive first thing in the morning.”

He adds: “We hope that our offering will also promote our relatively close proximity to major hubs. Cambridge has great rail and road access to London, being only 45 minutes from Kings Cross and Liverpool Street stations and direct transport links to Birmingham and the West Midlands, Home Counties and East Anglia.”

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