The University recognises that our activities have a significant impact on the environment and that, as an educational institution, we have a pivotal role to play in encouraging sustainable development in the wider community.
To help us reduce our environmental impact, we are in the process of implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) through the EcoCampus scheme.
How EcoCampus works
Environmental management systems are the most logical and effective way of operating in a sustainable manner. EcoCampus is an EMS award scheme specifically for the further and higher education sectors. EcoCampus is aligned with the international standard ISO 14001 and British Standard 8555.
The EcoCampus programme consists of four phases: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. By working through these phases the University will:
- Review its current environmental performance and plan how it can be improved
- Develop procedures to implement the plan
- Check actual progress to see if it is functioning effectively against the plan
- Ensure any recommendations for improvement are implemented
The EcoCampus system covers all aspects of the University's operations including: waste management, energy use, water efficiency, sustainable purchasing, construction and refurbishment, biodiversity, travel and community involvement.
Once all phases have been completed and a fully functioning EMS is in place, the process is repeated so that the University continually improves its environmental performance.