Alumnus nominated for Green Briton of the Year for business venture
21 May 2015
A Canterbury Christ Church University Business School alumnus has been nominated for the Observer Ethical 2015 Green Briton of the Year award.
Reiss Salustro-Pilson has been nominated for his innovative online business venture that allows construction companies to buy and sell surplus and leftover building materials. Enviromate offers a service that aims to change the industry urging companies to reduce the amount of waste they send to landfill for a more sustainable future.
Reiss’s passion and enthusiasm to make the industry green relates back to the early years of his working life, when he started his career as a bricklayer. Throughout his school days in Kent Reiss was fascinated by buildings and architecture and went straight on to study bricklaying at college.
After four years, Reiss wanted to challenge himself further and enrolled onto Canterbury Christ Church University’s Business Management course. In 2011, Reiss graduated with an upper second class degree and secured various positions within marketing and advertising, in which he still remains employed, in order to start-up and self-fund the new venture Enviromate, which launched in 2014.
Reiss said: “The construction industry is the largest contributor to waste in the UK. It uses approximately 420 million tonnes of materials and products per annum and generates 120 million tonnes of waste. It is estimated that 13% of construction products that arrive on a building site end in a skip as waste product without ever being used, with a market value of approximately £1.5 billion each year. The global figures for construction waste are phenomenal.
“There have been great advances in reducing waste and recycling, but the reuse of materials is a less developed area. Enviromate’s mission explicitly responds to this encouraging and promoting sustainable construction through focusing and enabling the reuse of leftover building materials at all levels within the industry.”
“It would be phenomenal at such an early stage in our development to be named Green Briton of the Year. First and foremost it would mean a great deal to us that the platform has been recognised as making a difference and promoting change and a transition to a circular economy. We are not scientists or climatologists, but we have a high passion for our planet, our home.”
Enviromate also aims to enhance community and charity projects across the country by making an option available for corporate developers and larger organisations to donate leftover materials. Reiss and the Enviromate team works to match up the waste to the listed community or charity projects uploaded to the site, arranging contact between both parties to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship.
Reiss continued: “The construction industry is the most relevant to human development and growth whilst also being one of the most relevant industries to the prosperity of not only the UK but global economies. We must transition to a more sustainable waste conscious form of construction for the benefit of not only our species but the longevity of our planet.”
Miriam Sarrafan, Senior Lecturer and Module Leader in the Business School, said: “The UK needs entrepreneurs with innovative ideas, business acumen and a real passion for sustainability issues. We are delighted that Reiss, a former Business Management student from the Broadstairs Campus, has been recognised for these qualities. Enviromate has the potential to turn a serious environmental problem into a successful business venture, one that will also benefit the wider community.
“Reiss serves as an inspiration, reflecting the Business School’s desire to place sustainability at the heart of our students’ educational experience. We wish Reiss every success, both as a Canterbury Christ Church University alumnus and as a sustainable business champion.”
The voting for the Observer Ethical Awards 2015 has now closed, visit the Guardian website for more information: http://www.theguardian.com/observer-ethical-awards/2015/apr/25/observer-ethical-awards-2015-nominees-green-briton
More information on Enviromate: http://enviromate.co.uk/
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 97% of our UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
- We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
- We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.
*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey