At South Devon College, we do consider ourselves to be amongst the leaders in the FE sector and the introduction of the SLS with our re-launch of our Sustainability group was timely. Our Senior Leadership Team are keen to ensure that this is embedded into both everyday teaching and learning, as well as our professional services. The SDG link up and cross reference is excellent. It is important to have clear goals and as they are pictorial, colourful and recognised worldwide this gave us a key focus and something that we could easily relate to our learners and colleagues with.
As we don’t have the infrastructure or resource that many larger organisations have, the Head of Catering and Retail Services, who is also the sustainability lead, was the overall owner & lead. They consulted with various department heads; Procurement/HR/Property Services/Curriculum to obtain the information which is an example of how inclusive the SLS is.
The starting point with each one is the policy. If you don’t have a policy, your starting point is at the first level. This then provides a clear gap, from where we are now and where we aspire to be. This was positive and a great point to start.