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Keele University is different, and we do sustainability differently! We don’t have a Sustainability Co-ordinating Office, we don’t have a Director of Sustainability, we don’t even have many people with full time positions focussing on sustainability. And we’re proud of this - because for us, to achieve our objective of embedding sustainability ‘in everything we do’, we need everyone to be doing it, at all levels, in every part of the university.
Keele is a community, and we drive towards being the most sustainable university we can be, through the whole community. This starts at the top, led by our Deputy Vice Chancellor, but runs through the organisation, with sustainability leaders in their own areas - academics, professional service staff, Students’ Union staff and Sabbatical Officers, all doing this as part of their everyday job, and with a few core ‘sustainability people’ helping bring it all together.
Working together, this is what it means to be an Outstanding Team, not just this year, but every year.
Top 3 learnings:
1. People and the relationships between them is everything. Time spent investing in relationships is the most valuable way to spend time.
2. People and the relationships between them is everything (and yes, this is intentionally repeated!).
Plus, high level consistent messaging, helps the ‘team’ and whole community continue to see this as important until the point where it is fully embedded in what people do and think.
3. Together Everybody Achieves More!
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