Policy and strategy
Does the University have an environmental sustainability policy?"
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.
Our Pro-VC Lawrence Young is one of our senior management team who has the environmental portfolio for the University. Supporting the campus wide targets for sustainability we have the Environmental Sustainability Team located in the Estates Office. The University provide a budget towards both sustainable projects and behaviour projects.
Throughout the University we have fantastic staff who make up a team of Green Champions who promote sustainability in their departments.
Auditing and 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 policy and review
Does the University support the fossil fuel industry?"
The University made an announcement in 2016 that it would divest from fossil fuels. This was publicised in The Guardian.
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.
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.
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. We also provide space and/or other support forstudent/staff-led sustainable food projects.
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:
In the past year 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. 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 People and Planet's Go Green Week. We worked in collaboration with Coventry University, Coventry City Council and Coventry CAN to run a city wide Go Green Week in March 2017.
Sustainability is a key element of the induction process for our Residential Life Team. Our Estates Office also include sustainability as part of their induction process for all new staff.
We've sought to engage trade unions in discussions about sustainability, having met once this year, and we aim to meet more regularly in future.
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.