There are lots of ways you can help cut air pollution in Archway - from becoming a cycle-friendly employer to servicing your boiler regularly to installing green planting outside your business premises.
Become a cycle-friendly employer - encourage staff to cycle or walk and help overcome any barriers to doing this. Could you install showers or lockers so staff can change when they get to work? Purchase a pool bike? Or offer free cycle parking, training or maintenance workshops at your office? The Archway ZEN grant can help fund these measures.
Minimise emisions fom essential vehicles - There are grants available to help purchase electric vehicles and charging points and Archway ZEN can arrange FREE trials of electric cars, vans and scooters.
Deliveryvan todelivery bike - Many small businesses across London have benefited from switching from van to bike to make local deliveries. Get in touch with us to find out how we can help you to make the switch
Cargo bikes - Cargo bikes are a great alternative to delivery vehicles. They come in many shapes and sizes and can be modified to do all kinds of jobs. Some have payloads up to 100kg and can accommodate anything from food and drinks to furniture. We are looking for businesses to work with us to use cargo bikes, so if you’re interested email us.
Car clubs - If you need access to motor vehicles, car clubs can be a great alternative to owning one yourself. Through car clubs you can hire vehicles by the hour and return it to a designated parking bay. The current car club operators locally are Zipcar and Drive Now.
Ensure any on site boilers are well maintained- and that the whole building system is efficient to minimise fuel burned on site (another pollution source). Check building ventilation systems have the appropriate filters to block out pollution from nearby pollution sources. Archway ZEN offers FREE business energy audits of your site and grants for measures that will improve your building’s energy efficiency.
Install pollution-busting green planting outside your business - to help purify the air and create physical barriers between traffic and pavements. Could you install a green wall or roof? Adpot a tree pit? Add plants to your outside seating areas?
Support the Close the Door campaign - and make sure your shop doors are closed year-round. This will improve building energy efficiency, reduce energy bills, improve staff and customer comfort and also protect them from outside air pollution.
Run a workshop for staff to help raise awareness of the health impacts of air pollution - and how staff can minimise their exposure. Archway ZEN can run workshops and staff engagement events. Get in touch for more information.
Make sure your drivers are trained not to idle their engines - ensure engines switched off when stopped in traffic or parked up. By switching off the engine when stationary drivers can help cut unnecessary local air pollution as well as protecting themselves from is health impacts.
Show your support for Archway ZEN - displaying the Archway ZEN sticker in your window and following us on Twitter @ArchwayZEN.
The ATCG is an independent, not for profit, constituted, accountable body for the business community in Archway. Membership is open to all businesses and employers in Archway, subject to subscription. It's working in partnership with Islington Council to create a thriving town centre at Archway which is clean, safe, accessible, with a diverse retail mix.