Environment and Sustainability
As a University we recognise the growing importance of environmental and sustainability issues. We understand that, as an educational establishment, we have a responsibility not only to educate our staff and students on more sustainable practices but also to lead by example by improving our own performance. One of the ways that we have done this is by implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) to the ISO 14001 standard. This is enabling us to take a more structured approach to managing our environmental impacts.
Go Green Week 2017
This year, BCU is ran its Go Green Week from 6-10 March jointly with Aston University.
There were a range of events and initiatives, from free bike checks and bike sales, wildlife walks and talks about sustainability, to chances to win vouchers, Fairtrade hampers and Kindle Fires.
Take a look at Go Green Week Timetable for more details.
EcoCampus and ISO 14001
We enrolled on the EcoCampus scheme, which is a phased approach to introducing an EMS specifically designed for the Higher Education sector, in 2009. There are four phases: bronze (planning), silver (implementing), gold (operating) and platinum (checking and correcting) with platinum stage being broadly equivalent to ISO 14001. In January 2013 we achieved the coveted Platinum award and were one of only 10 universities to do so. In 2011 we were also certified to the International Standard ISO 14001:2004 for Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and transitioned to ISO 14001:2015 in January 2017.
The senior management team review environmental performance on an annual basis, signing off our Environmental objectives and targets. BCU’s Vice Chancellor and Student Union President review and sign our Environmental Policy.
The University encourages students to get involved in the EMS where possible. The Environmental Manager delivers lectures as part of the Environmental Sustainability (Strategy and Management) MSc programme to inform students about the work the University is delivering on sustainability and environmental management. Students also have the opportunity to shadow internal audits to gain experience. The students also conduct coursework based on the University’s EMS.
Get further information about the EcoCampus Project.
Environmental Policy and Objectives
Our current Environmental Policy and Environmental Objectives and Targets can be found below:
All new staff undertake an online Environmental Awareness course to update them on BCU’s environmental priorities and how they can do their bit.
The University has a network of staff Environmental Champions who help to encourage sustainable behaviour change in students and staff. If you’re a member of staff and interested in getting involved please contact BCU’s Environmental Manager. One of our Environmental Champion’s is an Environmental Rep for the University & College Union to provide two-way dialogue on environmental issues.
Find out more about our environment and sustainability work in the following areas: