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The University of Warwick is keen to share best practices with those that are interested in sustainability. We've put together a short Q&A below to signpost some aspects of sustainability across the University but by no means is this the full picture. Please read the Q&A below and then explore the site to find out more.

Policy and Strategy

Does the University have an environmental sustainability policy?"

The University's Environmental Sustainability policy is publically available on our website. We also have sustainability incorporated into our strategy and targets.


Staff

How do Warwick Staff contribute towards sustainability?"

Our staff are important members of the University community who contribute greatly towards sustainability and helping us to reduce wastage of resources.

Christine Ennew is the Provost for the University supporting the VC in the academic leadership of the University of Warwick. She is also the Executive Board lead for the University's environmental sustainability strategy and its implementation

Supporting the campus wide targets for sustainability we have the Environmental Sustainability Team located in the Estates Office. The University are providing an increasing budget towards both sustainable projects and behaviour change projects.

Throughout the University we have fantastic staff who make up a team of Green Champions who promote sustainability in their departments.


Environmental Auditing & Management Systems

How do I know the University is as environmentally conscious as it says it is?"

The University implements BMS (building management systems) across the campus. These are externally verified through the ISO14001 Accreditation.


Ethical Investment and Banking

Does the University support the fossil fuel industry?"

The University made an announcement in 2015 that it would divest from fossil fuels. This was publicised in The Guardian.

The University's Socially Responsible Investment Policy has more information regarding our investments which is reported on at a senior level.

The University broadly discloses its holdings in managed funds in its annual financial statements and provision of a more detailed listing is due for consideration by the University

The University is committed to no direct investment in companies involved in environmental degradation and armament sales to military regimes. The University current investment portfolio is primarily in indirect index-related funds and has given a commitment to annually review the availability, financial viability and appropriateness of fossil free index-related funds. The Investment Sub Committee annually reviews the options for such fossil free index-related funds but none are currently available.

Investment Sub Committee annually reviews the Socially Responsible Investment Policy and the availability of fossil free index-related funds

The University aims to work with organisations with a similar ethical approach to their activities and our current clearing bank is committed to “act fairly, ethically and openly in all we do”


Managing Carbon

Does the University have a publicly available carbon management plan?"

The University's Carbon Management Plan is currently under review, the current Carbon Management Plan is publically available on our website.

The University calculates total carbon emissions related to accommodation (all accommodations are managed in-house). In 2017/18, 8,524 tonnes of carbon were emitted from residences.


Workers Rights

The University is affiliated with Electronics Watch throught the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC)


Sustainable food

Does the University care about food?"

The University cares about all aspects of sustainability and this includes food, food surplus and food waste. We've been accredited with the Soil Association's Bronze Award, and we're working to approve a sustainable food policy and action plan.

The University's catering outlants are certified to Marine Stewardship Councils standards. Along with this we use local food on menus and provide water in jugs or free water dispensers across the campus and logged on the Refill App from City to Sea CIC. We also provide space and/or other support for student/staff-led sustainable food projects, as well as the Allotment we now have the Westwood Jam Grove and Gibbet Hill Allotment. All catering is supplied from internal sources.


Staff and student engagement

How does the University engage with staff and students?"

The University has a couple of competitions that engage those staying in halls of residence along with student socieities that get staff and students alike involved in the sustainability discussion:

The Environmental Sustainability Team have worked with the Students Union to set up an Environmental Sustainability Fund to help fund staff and student-led projects.

Students also have representation on all University committees concerned with estates, planning, finance and resource allocation.

The Students’ Union is taking a hard stance on wastage of resources and is working toward continual improvement for environmental sustainability and take part in NUS Green Impact. Students also have representation and input onto the Carbon Management Plan, strategy and policy through consultation and the Carbon Challenge Group (Page 15 of the Carbon Management Implementation Plan)

Over the past few years the Estates team have supported students in various endevours and events that promote sustainability, including Green Week. We worked in collaboration with Coventry University, Coventry City Council and Coventry CAN to run a city wide Green Week in March 2017 and continue to do this annually with 2019 seeing Warwick District Council joining us to cover Leamington Spa.

Sustainability is a key element of the induction process for our Residential Life Team. We include sustainability as part of staff induction process as well as providing a Student Induction (included in enrollment of the University and Accommodation).

We engage trade unions in discussions about sustainability and we aim to meet regularly.


Education for Sustainable Development

Does the University help to prepare its staff and students for a sustainable future?"

The University has stated its commitment and governance for Education for Sustainable Development and supports and highlights School, Faculty or Research team projects for Education for Sustainable Development.

The University supports and trains to help all academic staff integrate Education for Sustainable Development into the curriculum along with new research by Estates and IATL into how students might be able to lead on their own education.

The Estates Office and various other departments across the University provide opportunities for Students to use the campus as a Living Lab to conduct research for dissertations and papers for their courses.

We do audit research for sustainable development for use in the UI Greenmetrics in which we came 26th in 2018 (of 716 Universities around the world) and are always keen to highlight this research through our marketing.

During the 2018/19 academic year we have offered some undergraduate scholarships and are committed to providing two full scholarships per year to PhD students on a Tier 4 Visa. The scholarship covers full tuition fees as well as maintenance support in line with what they would receive from the UK government if they were eligible for funding.