“Change Today Protect Tomorrow”
The University of Worcester seeks to promote principles of sustainability in their broadest sense. Through teaching, research and knowledge exchange activities we will promote sustainable communities, services and use of physical resources.
We take our sustainability responsibilities extremely seriously and have achieved high recognition as a result:
- We have been ranked 4th out of 154 in the UK’s greenest universities in the 2017 People & Planet University League
- We achieved NUS Responsible Futures accreditation in 2015 for our whole institution approach to social responsibility and sustainability
- We were an HEA Green Academy first cohort participant
- We were the first English University to achieve EcoCampus Platinum status, and the second to gain ISO14001:2015 for all our campuses
- Accredited with FairTrade status since 2008
- We have been Green Gown finalists in 8 categories over the last 3 years, Bike Share scheme winners 2014.
We produce an annual sustainability report which summaries our activities and performance against quantitative and qualitative targets each academic year. Our Annual Sustainability Report has been a PwC judged Green Gown finalist for the last two years.
The Sustainability Department
The Sustainability department acts as a focal point for all aspects of sustainability within the University and works to develop local, regional, national and international networks to further the sustainability agenda. We vision with many stakeholders using innovative techniques. This process has been repeated in 2017-2018 and information helped inform new strategies as the University begins its next strategic planning phase.
The Pro Vice-Chancellor Students is a member of university executive and sponsor for sustainability. The University established a Sustainability Committee, which includes student representation, in 2005, chaired by the Academic Lead for Sustainability and Deputy Head of ISE. Dr Barrett also chairs the Responsible Futures working group which leads
Many colleagues have key roles in supporting sustainability and all have to enhance environmental sustainability within their job roles. All new staff have a mandatory induction into sustainability, which includes, for example, learning about our 10 Golden Rules for living sustainability. We have 3 ISO 14001 trained auditors, full-time energy and waste manager posts supporting the sustainability department. Both sustainability department posts are full time, the Director takes the strategic lead, and the coordinator leads
To get in touch with the Sustainability department please contact:
Director of Sustainability
Dr Heather Barrett
Dr Sian Evans
Woo Bikes Coordinator