09 24/09/2010 - 19/10/2010

Green champion lines up for award

He is already Chester Zoo’s green hero but Maintenance Manager Ray Morrison is in the running for an award to prove just that.

Ray will be up against some stiff competition when he vies for the Environmental Leadership title at the Northwest Business Environment Awards.

Ray’s nomination is recognition of the work he does to help the zoo develop its environmental projects.
Chester Zoo’s Head of Estates Steve O’ Brien said: “Ray was a founder member of Chester Zoo’s original ‘green initiatives’ team, a staff and management group dedicated to developing sound environmental practices onsite and worldwide.

“Ray’s enthusiasm and championing of environmental management has gone beyond compliance into active improvement programmes and advocacy both within and outside of the zoo.

“If you asked him, Ray would say that he was “only doing his job” and that others should rightly take their share of the credit.  However, without his enthusiasm and buy-in, the ideas we have would not turn into reality.”
Amongst Ray’s successes include environmental projects at the elephant, penguin and jaguar exhibits which have been particularly successful in reducing CO2 emissions and saving electricity.
Ray, who has been at the zoo for 21 years, said improving environmental performance was a continual process but the rewards were worth the effort.
He added: “ I am delighted to have been nominated for this award. It’s a credit to the entire team at Chester Zoo – ethical business practice is increasingly important and the responsible management of environmental demands is essential to this.
“A huge effort has been put in by colleagues throughout the Zoo for a number of years to improve environmental performance, working in areas such as energy, water, waste, transport and on local biodiversity initiatives.”
The awards ceremony will be held on October 19 at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.