Member of EcoCampus
Environmental Association of Universities
Universities Environment Group
We’ve installed free water Refill machines across campus as part of our commitment to reduce plastic waste. By joining the Refill movement, we're providing our students and staff with an easy and clean way to refill their water bottles. So far we’ve used 29,000 less plastic bottles. Anyone can join Refill by downloading their app to find places that offer free drinking water.
In March 2018, we were awarded Gold Accreditation as part of the EcoCampus scheme for the higher and further education sector, and our commitment to continuously identify, evaluate and improve our environmental performance.
We became the first of 12 universities in the UK to receive a Fairtrade award under the new scheme criteria that was introduced in September 2017. Out of the 12 universities awarded, we were one of five that got the highest level award of two stars.
We’ve invested heavily in our waste management service over the past five years to minimise waste and maximise recycling. We dispose our waste items appropriately using our mixed recycling service, which also include the disposal of hazardous products from our labs and studios.
We are committed to our Waste Management Strategy. We collect waste on-site to reduce unnecessary vehicle movement and also have battery powered collectors that clean the campus.
Our buildings generate low carbon electricity through combined heat and power units and zero carbon electricity through solar voltaic panels. Through partnerships with Laser Energy and Systemslink, our Carbon Management Plan means we have a robust energy management system in place.
We have solar panels on five of our buildings (College, Hatchcroft, Ritterman, Williams and Sheppard Library). Between April 2017 and March 2018, they generated 68,211 Kwh of electricity.
We also have two combined heat and power units in the Ritterman and Grove building which generated 297,152 Kwh of electricity in that time.
Our policy sets out a framework for how we proactively manage our impact on the environment.
Here are some of the talented team who are responsible for delivering our policy.
"I focus on energy initiatives while driving forward our Sustainability Strategy.”
"I’m responsible for the Travel Plan, working with the team to help influence activities and encourage staff and students to consider more sustainable ways to live, work and travel in everyday life."
"My role is all about looking at numbers and making sense of utilities data to drive performance efficiencies across the University so we reduce our impact on the environment.”