New Blueprint for a sustainable university

After eight successful years of the Green Impact scheme, we have launched the next exciting stage of our journey towards becoming a sustainable organisation.

Blueprint launch logo. October 2018

Blueprint provides a framework for sustainability that allows Schools, Services and the people within them to work on the environmental and social issues that matter most to them.  

It ensures any sustainability work is aligned to School or Service-specific challenges and looks to identify opportunities for further improvement and greater collaboration.  

It has been designed to ensure everyone at the University can ‘Know Your Impact, Make A Plan and Achieve Your Goals’, from our world-class research interests to the way we clean our buildings, and is an opportunity for all of us to make a real difference.

The process starts by registering an interest. Following informal discussions with the Sustainability Service, as a team within a School or Service, you have the chance to formally sign up to the scheme. An exciting process then begins that leads to the creation of a bespoke action plan, focussing on the areas where you can make the most difference and that have the biggest impact in the University. This is approved by the Head of School or Service and becomes your very own Blueprint.

Dr Louise Ellis, Director of Sustainability Services, said: “The real achievement with the scheme is in the journey you choose to take.  

“Every Blueprint will be different, but all of them will be aligned to the University’s core values and directly linked to the Sustainability Strategy.”

Teams self-assess their progress every year, after which trained student auditors will validate their assessment. All of the Blueprint teams will then have their achievement and progress recognised at the University’s Annual Sustainability Awards

Email Sustainability Services for further information or visit the website to register your interest in signing up to the scheme.

Did you know that the Sustainability team are running a Management Essential training course in November? Sign up now to attend the 20 November session or if you are not able to attend but are interested, please contact the Sustainability team or OD&PL, who can put you on the list for the next one.

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