Leonard Design Architects is an award-winning architectural practice with a specialist focus on commercial architectural design and consultancy. Through NTU’s Sustainability in Enterprise project, the practice has been working closely with a team of student consultants supported by academics with expertise in sustainability and carbon management, to calculate their carbon impact and put an action plan in place to reduce emissions.
We spoke to Leonard Design’s Facilities Manager, Susan Hayes to find out how they and the practice have benefited from the student consultancy. “The student consultants came into the office and were really engaged in learning about our business. They asked loads of questions and gave me guidance on the data they needed from us to assess our carbon footprint.”
She adds: “How the student consultants from NBS presented their findings to us was clear and impactful. The presentation was excellent. We invited them in to present to the whole Leonard Design team and now everyone is really engaged with what we’ve got to do and why. Seeing our energy consumption visually has kickstarted us into another level of action”
HR Manager, Estelle Morris also says: “Working with NBS’s student consultants has been really educational because they’ve given us clear recommendations to reduce our energy use. Not everyone understands the jargon, but the student consultants’ presentation made it really easy to understand. Their presentation was really good. It brought our first carbon footprint to life.”
Estelle explains “The Sustainability in Enterprise project makes you think. It’s a good insight into sustainability especially when it isn’t your day job. It gives you an insight into how you can improve as a business, and at home. We wouldn’t have known where to start without the time and expertise we were given by Nottingham Business School’s student consultants and their academic tutors”.