Global Action Plan
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Museum & John Rylands University Libraries have worked with the environmental charity Global Action Plan over the last 2 years to improve their environmental performance in energy consumption, water use & recycling.
General waste has been reduced by approximately 31.5 tonnes annually. This is equivalent to the weight of six African elephants.
Water consumption has been reduced annually from 1098m3 to 943m3, a saving of 155m3, equivalent to a reduction of 425 litres daily.
C02 has been reduced by 50 tonnes. This is equivalent to 6,000 party balloons every day of the year.
71% of staff do not use a car to travel to work.
Whitworth Art Gallery has endorsed Manchester's Climate Change Action Plan, Manchester A Certain Future.
A green carpet of mostly sedum has been planted on the flat roof at the front of the Whitworth Art Gallery.
These plants are hardy and can withstand great ranges of temperature and weather.
During the Spring & Summer they will flower and attract many insects especially bees & butterflies.
A green roof like any plant absorbs carbon dioxide, so a green roof can help you reduce your carbon footprint as well as absorbing pollutants from the air.
Whitworth Art Gallery sits on the North Eastern corner of Whitworth Park.Whitworth park is located on Oxford Road where the University and the Hospitals meet the vibrant "Curry Mile" and the residential communities of Rusholme and Moss Side.
"Friends of Whitworth Park" were formed in 2005 which aims to " promote the revival of the park as a place of quiet resort for the benefit and the use of the public, especially children, in the spirit of the founders" but also to seek to "update the historical infrastructure to make it relevant to contemporary life within a multicultural city"