Green Gown shortlisting for smashing our 35% carbon target!

Our achievements in meeting our 35% carbon reduction target have been recognised with a shortlisting in the Carbon Reduction category of the EAUC's Green Gown Awards, which recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK. Since 2011, we have reduced our annual carbon emissions from 44,000 tCO2 to just over 28,500 tCO2, making us the leader amongst research-intensive universities for delivering sustained reductions in our emissions.*  Our wide-ranging programme has delivered over £17 million of financial savings for the University, whilst delivering more efficiency buildings, improving building comfort and upgrading science laboratory facilities. Sir David Bell, University of Reading Vice-Chancellor, said “We are delighted to be nominated for a Green Gown Award again this year, in recognition of our significant achievements in reducing the carbon emissions from our operations. This further reinforces the commitment of the University to sustainability as well as our ability to deliver all that we have promised.” Watch our short video highlighting our...
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Environmental Management System

Sustainability ServicesEnvironmental Management System The University has implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) at all three of its main campuses; Whiteknights, London Road Campus in Reading and Greenlands Campus in Henley.  The EMS aims to reduce the significant environmental impacts of the University activities by using the structured EMS framework based on continual improvement.  The Environmental Management System has been certified to ISO14001 standard and Platinum EcoCampus.The EMS covers all University activities on campus and includes; setting objectives and targets, implementing policy, complying with environmental legislation, pollution prevention procedures, training, communication and embedding a commitment to improve environmental performance.What it includes:The scope includes Whiteknights Campus and London Road Campus plus the activities and operation that occur within the boundary of these sites.  These activates include estates and facilities operations, teaching and research activities plus support services.The scope excludes wholly tenanted buildings such as RSSL, STC and Enterprise Centre.  It also excludes the Halls as these are managed by a third party who operate their own ISO14001 certified EMS.  The EMS also excludes the Farms and overseas campuses.Benefits of an EMS:Cost Savings...
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University successfully certified to ISO14001:2015 – with no non-conformities!

Following a thorough audit by the external auditor NQA, our London Road and Whiteknights campuses have been certified to the internationally recognised environmental standard ISO14001:2015. The University has excelled this year in certifying for this revised standard and was awarded no non-conformities for its updated environmental management system (EMS). The revised standard places an increased emphasis on leadership, commitment, continual improvement of environmental performance and ensuring the University is embedding sustainability into its core business. The Vice Chancellor was interviewed by the auditors and demonstrated that there is commitment and leadership at the highest level. The University was able to show that the EMS was effective by; • Embedding environmental and sustainability into key business processes, e.g. via the Estate Strategy. • Ensuring that sustainability is considered during the procurement process. • Making staff aware of their collective and individual environmental impacts. • Communicating areas of good practice and promoting the positive impacts that the University can and does have. • Demonstrating continual improvement of environmental performance (35% carbon...
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University ‘highly commended’ for its environmental progress

The 11th Green Gown Awards were held on the 26th November and saw over 320 sustainability leaders join together in Bristol in the celebration of sustainability excellence within tertiary education. The evening was hosted by Dr Andrew Garrad, Chairman of Bristol 2015 European Green Capital. Andrew is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and is an Honorary Fellow of New College, Oxford. "I am delighted that, towards the end of our year as European Green Capital, Bristol hosted the Green Gown Awards. These Awards recognise the important role that academic institutions play in ensuring that young people have a proper understanding of both the challenges and the opportunities presented by sustainability." Each year the Awards bring together the most inspirational projects from across the sector and this year was no exception. The University was proud to receive a highly commended award in the Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change category. This recognised the success we have had in reducing our carbon emissions...
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UoR Awarded 14001 and EcoCampus Platinum!!

An outstanding achievement once again! The University of Reading's Environmental Management System for Whiteknights and London Rd has achieved the international standard ISO 14001 and the EcoCampus Platinum award for the second time running! An Environmental Management Systems (EMS) is a structured framework for managing the institute's significant environmental impacts in order to move towards a more sustainable way of working. Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell said: "The successful achievement of ISO 14001 is an important milestone in our commitment to minimise our effect on the environment. Staff, students and third party stakeholders can now have a degree of assurance that we are effectively managing our environmental obligations and continue to improve our performance."  The University of Reading has made huge advances in reducing waste production, increasing recycling, reducing its carbon footprint and rising awareness of the importance of the taking action to improve the environment around us and being sustainable. A follow up audit will be taking place next year to ensure that...
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University wins funding for design of energy efficient RUSU refurbishment

We have successfully been awarded funding by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB)’s Innovative Refurbishment Programme for energy efficiency improvements in the Students’ Union (RUSU).  Our bid was a joint effort in partnership with Carnego Systems Ltd, LCMB Ltd and Nottingham Trent University, with a focus on energy reductions through intelligent building controls and performance software, combined with engagement of building users. Initially, we have secured funding for a design and evaluation phase, alongside receiving advice from TSB on how to better optimise the existing building controls.  We will be working hard to develop a full design proposal during the coming phase for further approval by TSB, in order to implement some exciting improvements for RUSU’s energy make over.  The bid has been a combined collaboration between the Estates & Facilities Department and the School of Construction Management and Engineering.  It will provide a great opportunity for the University to showcase its carbon reduction credentials and has been supported by the Association of...
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The University wins Gold for Going Greener

The University's commitment to improving its green credentials has been recognised by recently gaining the Gold EcoCampus award. EcoCampus is a scheme designed to help higher education institutions improve their environmental performance. Reading's commitment to reducing its carbon emissions by 35% by 2015/16 via a new carbon management plan was instrumental in the University attaining the award. Other key factors in the University's recent ‘green' success include its behavioural change policy for staff and students and commitment to making our campuses as eco-friendly as possible. Many members of staff were involved in the recent Green Impact Awards, which encourages teams of people in a Faculty or building to take small steps towards reducing their individual environmental impact. Denise Shearman, Head of Campus Services, said: "We are delighted that our efforts have been recognised by EcoCampus. The University reduced its carbon emissions by 10% in 2010/11, equivalent to almost 4000 tonnes of CO2, and over 65% of our staff and students now walk to the...
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Green League Table Result Confirms Environmental Progress

The University has been awarded an Upper Second Class Award and ranked 59 out of 145 in the People & Planet Green League 2012, an improvement of 24 places from last year and 3 points short of achieving a ‘First'. Sir David Bell told staff: "In the past 12 months, we have cut our carbon usage by 10% in absolute terms¹ as we pursue the challenging objectives from our Carbon Management Plan of reducing our carbon footprint by 35% by 2015/16. "As an institution with a global reputation for sustainability and climate change research, we need to ensure good environmental practices permeate all that we do. This includes everything from building new facilities through recycling our waste to the everyday behaviour of staff and students. "Our standing in the Green League Table is a good indication that we are doing a lot of things right. We have inspections in the next few weeks for the re-assessment of our Green Flag award and to...
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