The University has an Environmental Management System (EMS), called EcoCampus. The EcoCampus scheme is a step by step sustainability improvement and certification programme which helps Higher and Further Education Institutions implement an EMS up to the international standard of ISO:14001. There are 4 phases to the programme – Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The University currently holds the Silver certificate meaning we have:
- gained leadership and commitment from senior management to improve our environmental performance
- conducted a thorough analysis of the environmental impacts of our operations and services
- identified which pieces of environmental legislation the University has to comply with
- developed an Environmental Sustainability Vision, Policy and Strategy outlining our environmental targets, KPIs and key implementation mechanisms.
We are currently working towards the Gold phase of Ecocampus. This includes:
- identifying the roles and responsibilities of all staff in relation to the EMS
- providing training to all staff, where required, to ensure competence
- developing effective methods to record and store relevant communications relating to the EMS
- ensuring documents are controlled as required by the EcoCampus scheme and ISO14001
- developing operational procedures to control activities which could have an effect on the environment
- developing procedures to prevent or minimise the environmental impacts of an accident or emergency.
Operational controls aim to manage significant environmental aspects in order to:
- prevent pollution
- ensure compliance with legal and other requirements
- demonstrate continual improvement.
The Environmental Officer is the EMS Manager and the two Environmental Coordinators are the EMS Coordinators.