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Sustainability at UoG: an institutional snapshot in 2016

This Prezi gives an overview of the University of Gloucestershire's approach to sustainability, highlighting key initiatives and achievements across student experience, academic development, business operations and public engagement.

Alex Ryan

on 16 February 2016

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Transcript of Sustainability at UoG: an institutional snapshot in 2016

Academic -
sustainability in teaching and research

UoG has worked with all the key higher education agencies and generated £1,114,500 income for its Education for Sustainability initiatives
Sustainability at the University
We consider sustainability in terms of:

responsible governance
academic development
planning and decision-making
student experience
operations and suppliers
professional development
organisational culture
partnerships and outreach
Q: what do we mean by a strategic or "whole institution" response to sustainability?
Outreach -
sustainability partnerships beyond the 'campus walls'

Students' Union have NUS 'Gold' status for 'Green Impact'
and won £280,000 funding from the NUS Green Fund
sustainability 'in practice' across the institution

We have hit ambitious and wide-ranging targets on sustainability with caterers, Baxterstorey, such as:

- 89% of dishes prepared fresh on site
- 61.5% of suppliers in region/adjacent county
- 118% increase in Fairtrade products sold
Sustainability at UoG: an institutional snapshot in 2016
Estates team have taken action on energy efficiency since 2005 (e.g. installing LED lighting across campuses and individual building metering systems), leading to:

Savings on energy costs of around £268,000 annually
Cut energy consumption by around 25% since 2005
24.6% reduction in carbon emissions (scope 1 and 2)

We are in the top 25% in the sector for reducing our emissions - but we still need to innovate to tackle energy challenges in new campus developments
Across campuses we have now exceeded all our 2014 waste targets including:

Overall 54% reduction in waste generated
Catering food waste reduced to 3%
Reduction in waste sent to landfill of 84%
Recycling rates improved to 67%

Since 2012 our British Heart Foundation halls re-use partnership project has:

- raised £15,000 for charity
- saved 76 tonnes of CO2
- recycled 7,000 tonnes of goods
Sustainable Travel Action Plan was created in 2014 -
now being revised to address our future needs:

increasing cycling, car sharing and walking activities
promoting healthier lifestyles for staff and students
reducing need for cross-campus travel (e.g. using ICT)
extending inter-campus bus services from 2017
tackling local transport challenges (e.g. congestion)

Our ICT team is working to maximise savings, cut carbon and source equipment responsibly:

- our new printers save around £5500 power annually (a pay back on investment in less than 4 years) and saved 600 ink cartridges in year 1

- an automatic shut down and standby project for over 2,000 PC's involved no outlay but has created savings of over £30,000 annually
Their innovative 'Open for the Future' project has led to creation of a new sustainability action plan 2015 to:

improve performance on recycling, energy, waste and collections management practices
support sustainability learning in the curriculum, digital skills training and community learning

Professional Support
Academic Development
Working with academic development colleagues at the university and across the sector we have created an innovative 'Education for Sustainability' focus for:

- PGCAP postgraduate training workshop for staff
- Learning and Teaching strategies and policies
- Academic professional development workshops
- Externally funded higher education projects
Sector Innovations
We have a diverse range of specialist sustainability expertise in research and knowledge exchange, e.g. rural policy and planning, conservation, climate change, health and wellbeing, media and communications, leadership and cultural change, professional development and education for sustainability
Sustainability Internships Programme - live projects in university departments co-ordinated by Sustainability Team

Regular sustainability skills training workshops offered to students and SU officers

2012 research on sustainability and employability skills needs with employers and students
Campus Projects
Halls projects on energy and waste

'Bioblitz' biodiversity mapping events

Campus allotments and teaching gardens

Campaign activities like Fairtrade bake-off
Student Voice
We aim to empower students to help shape decisions and initiatives on sustainability at the university:

- SU reps on Sustainable Development Committee
- Education for Sustainability training for course reps
- SU officers responsible for SU actions and projects
- Annual surveys of student opinion with NUS & HEA
Students' Union
Over 3,000 students, nearly 300 staff and 80 businesses engaged in SU Greener Gloucestershire projects 2013-15:

- Green Impact - students conducting business audits
- Global Athletes - sustainability in sports clubs
- Green Retail - opening the SU Little Green Shop
- BiGGY - pre-university placements programme
- Social enterprise - start-ups, forums, workshops
Social Enterprises
Our Students' Union pioneered student-led start-up social enterprises, learning to create and market products sold locally and through SU outlets, such as:

- Cheltenham Chilli Company
- GD Apparel bamboo sports clothes
- Core Blimey juice and cider

Community Garden
Student Societies
Finding ways to involve student groups and societies:

"People and Planet" - campaigns, action and initiatives on sustainability through the P&P student society

"Open Voice" (led by Chaplaincy) - different student societies compete to pitch ideas for a better future

"Global Athletes" (with SU) - university sports clubs build sustainability into their policies, practices and purchases
Curriculum Change
A sector leader in sustainability...
Established sustainability oversight through the broad remit of the Sustainable Development Committee and representation at Council

Innovative, connected approaches projects and advice for staff, students and community - initiated and supported by the Sustainability Team

Green Gown Winner 2008 and Highly Commended 2014 for our pioneering 'whole institution' sustainability work

2010 Winner for our Education for Sustainability strategy plus 6 Highly Commended nods and 15 Finalist places in the highly competitive UK Green Gown Awards since 2006
experiences and learning in sustainability

We worked with QAA to develop Education for Sustainability as a 'quality assurance' priority for the future curriculum:

- members of the QAA 2014 national guidance expert group
- commissioned by HEA 2013 'flexible pedagogies' project
- leaders of HEFCE 2010-12 LGM quality assurance initiative
We need to do more to connect sustainability research across faculties and use this to extend our research profile and impact
Hosting activities to connect students, staff and community:

- 2015 Your Green Futures event brought over 300 children to campus to learn about careers in the green economy

- launching new regional arts project in 2015 to reach across the region, linked with the Schumacher Institute

Edible Garden at FCH campus - working with residents groups and community forums to share food growing and offer permaculture education to staff, students and local people
RCE Severn offers internships to develop real sustainability practice and learning for students and to help local organisations, with hosts such as:

- Gloucestershire Country Council
- Forest Green Rovers
- Cheltenham Green Doors
- Severn Wye Energy Agency
- Cheltenham Vision 21
Using the UNU and our global networks to support and lead on international efforts for sustainability:

- Contributors to the UN Summit in Nagoya, Japan in 2014 on the Decade of Education for Sustainability

- Leaders of Copernicus Alliance Higher Education Treaty at the UN CSD Rio+20 Summit in 2012
Annual cycle of seminars and workshops on themes linked to sustainability such as:

- entrepreneurship and leadership
- health, wellbeing and resilience
- graduate capabilities and prospects
- sustainability and local economies
Creating opportunities for skill sharing and professional exchanges for sustainability across the region:

- through the RCE partnership members
- supporting local sustainability organisations
- working with other regional networks
The 1st English university to gain ISO 14001 environmental management status - full accreditation for 10 years
Our libraries have reused or recycled over 31,162 books since 2010, saving 500 trees and 237,956 gallons of water
Food for Life 'Gold' Catering Mark achieved in 2015:
one of just 5 universities to reach this highest level of Soil Association accreditation for our catering
Our "Learning for Sustainable Futures" scheme supports staff innovation by offering:

- seed funds for new project concepts
- bespoke mentoring and advice
- professional exchanges and workshops
Green Gown Highly Commended 2013 for professional development in Education for Sustainability
Curriculum development initiatives have introduced new teaching approaches within subject communities such as:

product design
sports and exercise
accounting and finance
fine art
tourism and hospitality
religion and philosophy
fashion design
business management
education studies

produce grown on campus (e.g. chillis, apples)
crowd-funding website to support new ideas
UK People and Planet Green League: Special Recognition Award 2013 for consistent top rankings and 1st Class status since the league began in 2007
Host of the RCE Severn - a United Nations University accredited partnership platform to connect outreach for sustainability between university and community
Partnership with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to collaborate on research, training, action and learning around sustainability in biodiversity and conservation
Our staff have published widely on sustainability practice, education and leadership including:

- commissioned work for the HE Academy
- global policy reviews for agencies like UNESCO
- edited collections and journal special issues
- key monographs in specialist subject areas
We could be doing more to make use of the campus as our 'living laboratory'
We need to do more to connect and support sustainability partners across the wider region
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