Carbon Management Plan
College commits to 25% energy reduction
By 2016 we are committed to reducing our CO2 by 25%. Since the Principal signed the Green Colleges Declaration in 2010 sustainability has become increasingly integrated into all aspects of college life, and there are many exciting staff and student initiatives which support this.
- Staff have taken part in a series of Print Challenges: prize money has been awarded to teams that significantly reduced their printing, the only caveat to the prize is that the money must be spent on small items or technology that will reduce our emissions and make us more energy efficient. To date teams have invested in recycling bins, a Dyson AirBlade and iPads.
- The College is currently taking part in a 157 Group led Digi Pen trial which will involve College enrolment forms and student review forms being transferred electronically into our databases reducing the need for paper based forms.
Students from Lewes Sixth Form have created an App that can calculate your personal carbon footprint. Webcams and video conferencing facilities have been introduced across our campuses reducing the need for travel.
Alongside these projects and initiatives there are some basic good housekeeping ideas that we have put into practice, including:
- Closing on Monday evenings and some weekends to save energy
- Closing floors at times to reduce electricity consumption
- Computers are turned off automatically each night
- Photocopiers go into ‘power down’ mode at night
- A gradual replacement of light bulbs with energy efficient fittings
A College Snap Shot
Across the many functions of the College we are continuously seeking to improve our impact on the environment. Here are just a few examples:
We are committed to the introduction of:
- More locally sourced food
- The use of biodegradable utensils
- More low carbon and low methane food
Keeping the College clean
We are committed to the use of:
- Environmentally friendly products and materials
We are currently investigating Eco Cubes – eco cubes are marketed as a ‘proven biological system’ for reducing water, sewerage and maintenance costs. With regards to ‘no water’ the eco cube system does not require regular flushing water.
Our staff can apply for interest free travel loans and bicycle loans from our HR department.
The College is a member of the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges. The EAUC provides many useful membership services and you can keep up to date by subscribing to their newsletters.
A final note….
The 7 R’s
Sustainability isn’t all about recycling, here are a few alternatives:
- Reduce what you consume e.g. packaging, think about food miles
- Reuse any disposables you use e.g. bottles and cups
- Repair your stuff instead of buying new
- Revamp your stuff instead of buying new e.g. Trashion
- Redistribute your stuff e.g. on Ebay / clothes swopping
- Re-skill yourself in the art of repair
- And finally if you are unable to do any of the above, recycle!