Policies, Strategies and Reports

The University’s Sustainability vision is to be:

“…Embedding sustainability practices across the University’s operations to become a leader in global environmental sustainability.”

Internal Procedures and Documentation

Internal operating procedures, guidance and other documentation can be found here:  Environmental Procedures and Guidance.

UK Environmental Legislation

There is a wide range of environmental legislation that is applicable to the University. Sustainability Services manage a legal register to document and evaluate relevant legislation to ensure the University remains compliant with all applicable legislation and other requirements. The GOV.uk website provides information about environmental legislation at www.gov.uk/topic/environmental-management

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Assessment Method)

Is a building assesment using scientifically-based sustainability metrics and indices that covers a range of environmental categories. Its categories evaluate energy and water use, health and wellbeing, pollution, transport, materials, waste, ecology and management processes. Buildings are rated and certified on a scale of 'Pass', 'Good', 'Very Good', 'Excellent' and 'Outstanding'.

The University of Reading requires new building to now achieve Very Good on its BREEAM assessment.

Here is a list of previously assessed against BREEAM and the score:

Health and Life Sciences Building – Very Good (Interim) 2020

Bulmershe Athletics Pavilion – Very Good 2015

Whiteknights Athletics Pavilion – Very Good 2015

Enterprise Centre – Very Good 2011

Student Union Nursery – Pass 2010

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