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Leicester: Talkin’ bout our evolution
Sustainability at Leicester has evolved from little more than an add-on, an unpopular paid-for app, to a welcomed integrated software system that delivers efficient solutions across the university from campus to curriculum.
No longer just the domain of the hippies or Estates department - sustainability has been embedded into university life using some very future-focussed thinking resulting in us opening the largest Passivhaus building in the UK and adopting some innovative, resource efficient working practices.
It took a while to update, but now we’ve downloaded it’s hard to imagine life without this sustainability operating system!
Top 3 learnings:
1 Have a long term, overarching vision and plan – try to avoid ‘initiative overload’ and be consistent with your message.
2 Use the enthusiasm and interest of students to create momentum within your organisation.
3 Be ambitious – the most innovative (wacky!) ideas are often the ones that stick so don’t be afraid to step outside of normal ‘corporate’ thinking.
CO2t savings 2016/2017: 3,600 (Actual)
CO2t savings 2017/2018: 4,000 (Estimated)
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