Environment Team Overview
Building a sustainable university
The primary role of the Environment Team is to reduce the impact of our 20,000 students and 3,500 members of staff, by generating environmental improvements.
In this section find out:
Environment Team: Past
The Environment Team was launched in October 2007 during Big Green Week. Starting with just two full time members of staff and one graduate placement, the team focused its work on important aspects such as legal compliance, delivering cost savings and establishing the Environmental Sustainability Policy. Within just nine months, the Environment Team rolled out an award-winning recycling scheme which increased campus-based recycling rates up to 50% in some places and doubled the average rate over night.
Environment Team: Present
Now, with 6 full time members of staff (meet the team) and a graduate placement, the Environment Team has grown significantly in terms of size, the variety of projects it undertakes and its enthusiasm.
Environment Team: Future
Having confirmed the Environmental Sustainability Strategy in November 2009, the team are working hard to develop and fulfill the ambitions and projects detailed within the strategy. Most importantly, this includes achieving an absolute reduction of 60% of the carbon emissions of the University by 2020 (based upon its 2004/5 carbon footprint baseline).
The objectives are as follows:
- 10% by 2010/11 (following the 10:10 campaign aspiration)
- 20% by 2012/13 (this target is included in the existing Carbon Management Strategy)
- 30% by 2014/15
- 40% by 2016/17
- 50% by 2018/19
- 60% by 2020
Therefore it is important that every member of staff and all students contribute to this target by reducing their personal carbon footprint.