The University of Brighton has been addressing sustainability across the institution for over 6 years, which was reflected in the 2012-2015 Strategic Plan. The new University Strategy, currently being finalised, will continue to place sustainability as a core value, and commits to further embed sustainability across the institution.
This commitment has been shown through the development of an Environmental Team in Estate and Facilities Management, establishment of the Carbon Management Programme Board and adopting a number of sustainability related strategies.
Over the past year the university’s ‘c-change’ campaign, our bespoke behaviour change campaign focused on carbon reduction, has developed significantly to more effectively engage with staff and students across the institution. Additionally a range of carbon reduction projects have been implemented this year, including the installation of a large PV array, LED lighting, and an e-bike hire scheme, with the overall aim of reducing our carbon emissions by 50% in 5 years.
1 Understanding how and what interests our students and staff is key for engagement, and has been integral to the successful development and increased engagement with c-change this year.
2 Perseverance and problem solving have been crucial to overcome challenges to implementation - on top of providing a strong business case!
3 Introducing the Environmental Sustainability Award has been a great tool for learning about fantastic student work from across the institution, which we otherwise didn’t know about.
CO2t Savings: 4,348 tonnes CO2
No. of yrs: 4