AUB’s green credentials have been further recognised by a new award from The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC)
The university’s ambition to ensure it has a sustainable future has been given a major boost after achieving the EcoCampus Silver Award.
This comes just 12 months after AUB received the Bronze certification and the new award was only possible after the university provided a range of evidence to the EAUC.
This included being able to demonstrate legal compliance, decreasing levels of polluting emissions by 60% per person against the 2005/2006 baseline, decreasing waste streams, an increased recycling rate (now a record 49%), a new Carbon Management Plan, a Travel Plan featuring subsidised bus passes and the Cyclescheme, as well as the presence of an electric vehicle in its fleet, a move that has saved a quarter of a tonne of CO2e in the first four months of use.
Speaking about the award, Senior Campus Services Officer, James Jackson, said: “AUB has done remarkably well to achieve two standards in 12 months. The silver award acts as a visual aid that highlights AUB’s environmental achievements at a glance to those who wish to delve no deeper and we are now working towards getting a Gold award.
“Environmental protection is one of the leading global issue’s in today’s society helped by recent publicity (e.g. Blue Planet – oceanic plastic) and its more prominent place in curriculums.
“In consequence expectation levels on environmental performance for all organisations is rising so it is important AUB continues to demonstrate its responsible and ethical credentials.
“EcoCampus is an internationally recognised standard that provides a framework to manage sustainability with the focus on enhancing environmental performance, meeting legal compliance and seeking to deliver continuous improvement against an institutions own performance.
“The Silver standard demonstrates on an international stage the AUB recognises its impact on the environment and society and wishes to contribute in a positive way where it can locally, nationally and globally.”
EcoCampus is a flexible, phased approach to introducing an Environment Management System and is an internationally recognised standard that provides a framework to manage sustainability with the focus on enhancing environmental performance and meeting legal compliance.