“Change Today Protect Tomorrow”
The University of Worcester seeks to promote principles of sustainability in their broadest sense. Through teaching, research and knowledge exchange activities we will promote sustainable communities, services and use of physical resources.
We take our sustainability responsibilities extremely seriously and have achieved high recognition as a result:
- We have been ranked 5th out of 150 in the UK’s greenest universities in the 2016 People & Planet University League
- We achieved NUS Responsible Futures accreditation in 2015 for our whole institution approach to social responsibility and sustainability
- We were a Higher Education Academy Green Academy first cohort participant
- We were the first English University to achieve EcoCampus Platinum status, and the second to gain ISO14001:2015 for all our campuses
- Accredited with FairTrade status since 2008
- We have been Green Gown finalists in 6 categories over the last 3 years, Bike loan scheme winners 2014
We produce an annual sustainability report which summaries our activities and performance against quantitative and qualitative targets each academic year. Our Annual Sustainability Report is a finalist in the Green Gowns for 2017.
The Sustainability Department
The Sustainability department acts as a focal point for all aspects of sustainability within the University and works to develop local, regional, national and international networks to further the sustainability agenda. We vision with many stakeholders using innovative techniques. This process has been repeated in 2016-2017 and information will help inform new strategies as the University begins it's next strategic planning phase.
The University established a Sustainability Committee, which includes student representation, in 2005, chaired by the Pro Vice Chancellor (Students). Deputy Head of ISE chairs the Responsible Futures committee which leads on embedding sustainability into the curriculum and research. Director of Sustainability acts as a focal point for all aspects of sustainability within the University. The Director of Sustainability is a Sustainability West Midlands Green Leader, Chair of EAUC Midlands region, is an EAUC inaugural Fellow and sits on a number of regional and national committees in the sustainability field.
Many colleagues have key roles in supporting sustainability and all have enhancing environmental sustainability within their job roles. All new staff have mandatory induction into sustainability, which includes for example learning about our 10 Golden Rules for living sustainability. We have 3 ISO 14001 trained auditors, full-time energy and waste manager posts supporting the sustainability department. Both sustainability department posts are full time, the Director takes the strategic lead, and the coordinator leads on student and staff behaviour change and calculating the University's carbon data. The department has an annual budget of around £125,000 which has been ring fenced. Priorities for projects are decided by the Sustainability Committee, and all students and staff are encouraged to put forward ideas to help embed sustainability throughout the campus, community and curriculum. Details of current projects can be found within these web pages, many led by students supported by the Green Impact Project Supervisor.
To get in touch with the Sustainability department please contact:
Dr Heather Barrett