Environment and sustainability

Our responsibility to the environment

We work hard to reduce our harmful impact on the physical environment. We use less and waste less where we can and we embrace environmentally-friendly solutions such as recycling and renewable energy.

Here's how we encourage our community to sustain the environment.

Our commitment to sustainability

Member of EcoCampus

Environmental Management System and awards

Environmental Association of Universities

member of UK sustainability champion

Universities Environment Group

member of London group

Saving 29,000 plastic bottles

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.

Our award-winning work

  • Gold Accreditation for sustainability

    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.

  • Highest level Fairtrade award

    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.

Energy and waste management

Waste management

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.

Energy and water

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.

Making our own renewable energy

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.

Travelling in a sustainable way

We are always finding new ways to support our staff and students to reduce their carbon footprint.

Our cycling community benefit from our MDXFreeWheelers bike hire scheme and generous parking spaces as well as free showering and changing facilities. Our staff can also benefit from a motorcycle loan of up to £4,000, electric vehicle charging on campus and corporate membership at Enterprise Car Club for the days when using a car is an absolute must.

Our Environmental Management Policy

Our policy sets out a framework for how we proactively manage our impact on the environment.

Meet the people making it happen

Here are some of the talented team who are responsible for delivering our policy.

Mark Wilkinson

Environment Manager

"I focus on energy initiatives while driving forward our Sustainability Strategy.”

Nicki Littlefield

Travel Plan and Transport Manager

"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."

Mario Kokkoris

Environmental and Energy Bureau Analyst

"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.”

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