BE Offices sustainability champion, Julie Tucker, has been shortlisted for the World Sustainability Awards 2023 in the category of Sustainability Leader of the Year.
The awards recognise disruptors and change makers with entrepreneurial spirit, innovative mindsets and a passion for change, all committed to progress in corporate sustainability, requiring both vision and resilience to succeed.
The Sustainability Leader of the Year award celebrates the senior-most sustainability leader who empowers their team, inspires progress, and is focused on delivering sustainable growth.
Sustainability leaders are changing how today’s organisations operate, by implementing new ways of working, inspiring others to behaviour change and sustainable actions, and leading the way to a more sustainable future.
Julie’s entry featured not just on the work she does at BE Offices but also the support she gives to various other sustainability initiatives which among other things include being a principal advocate for the Mayor of London’s Business Climate Challenge, after BE Offices very successful participation in the pilot project which resulted in a 28% reduction in emissions at its Southbank building. Her entry also touched on her work to help develop the City of London’s Culture Mile Business Improvement District as co-chair of its Sustainable Environment Steering Group, as well as the support she offers to the Cross River Partnership as a volunteer air quality ambassador, working on their Clean Air Villages and Healthy Streets Everyday initiatives. In her ‘spare’ time, Julie is also a trustee for community environmental charity EcoJudaism and leads community sustainability education workshops.
Numerous testimonials from some of the external organisations Julie supports made up the supporting documentation for her entry.
“Julie has been one of our greatest advocates, working with the Greater London Authority on a pioneering initiative to address climate change in London. She has offered her time, expertise and dedication to the Business Climate Challenge and has had a great impact- not only through working with BE Offices sites – but by being an ambassador for the programme and helping us to reach others. Julie’s determination, joy and passion for this work are a breath of fresh air and have kept our team motivated and helped us to support even more London businesses.” – Mayor of London’s Office, Greater London Authority.
“My company, Emico, became client of BE Offices last year and subsequently I was introduced to Julie. After meeting Julie, it became clear that she was not only incredibly knowledgeable but also very passionate about sustainability, going above and beyond what would be required of her within her role and passing her enthusiasm on to those around her. Julie quickly turned her sights to helping Emico achieve our sustainability goals, taking significant time and effort to ensure that I received the necessary data to report Emico’s progress towards net-zero. Julie was also instrumental in getting our volunteering initiative off the ground, connecting me with a certified beach cleaner who organised an event in celebration of World Rivers Day, which Emico attended alongside Julie and her team.
Julie has introduced me to a plethora of people within the sustainability sphere including multiple people whose focus is on improving sustainability in the City of London, where my company is based. I can think of no-one more deserving of this award than Julie.” – Sustainability Lead, Emico.
“Julie’s commitment to using her role and the leverage it gives her to address the climate crisis has been evident since our first meeting. She is passionate and uses her networks wisely to build wider support for transformational change at a local and regional level.” – Culture Mile Manager, City of London Corporation.
“It has been so refreshing working with Julie, her passion for driving sustainability within the organisations’ that she works across, and the roles she upholds that help to deliver social value within local communities whilst tackling the wider climate crisis, demonstrate true leadership and should be an inspiration to us all on how we can embed the climate agenda into our workstreams – and personal projects.” – Camden Climate Alliance Lead, Camden Council.
“Julie has been a champion of the Business Climate Challenge from the get-go. She has successfully taken on the Mayor of London’s challenge to reduce BE Office’s energy consumption at their Borough building by 28% – driving forwards the green agenda for London’s buildings, and engaging colleagues in energy saving measures. Beyond BE Offices, Julie has been a vital ambassador of the challenge and supported its growth in 2023. This has enabled the Business Climate Challenge to engage even more businesses across London in energy savings and reducing carbon emissions from buildings.” – Sustainability Lead, Better Bankside BID
“When Julie is passionate about something she gives 1000% of herself.” – Founder, Treeapp.
Amongst a line-up of extremely impressive leaders, projects and organisations, Julie is hugely humbled and honoured to have been shortlisted for what is her second such achievement in the space of only a few week. In June, Julie achieved runner-up in the BusinessGreen UK Green Business Awards 2023, awarded Highly Commended in the category of Sustainability Leader of the Year Award.
As a finalist, Julie’s entry will now go before an expert judging panel ahead of the awards dinner and ceremony which will take place at the World Sustainability Congress and Awards on 18-19 October in Amsterdam.