Snow capped mountains, golden beaches, a National Park, pristine lakes rivers and coastal waters -there are not many Universities that can boast these assets on their doorstep! Whether you’re a student, a member of staff, or a visitor, you can’t fail to be impressed by what our surroundings have to offer.
We take immense pride in the quality of our environment at Bangor University, and we are committed to its protection and enhancement. That means thinking about the impacts of everything we do, and whether, from an environmental perspective, it can be done better. With an estate of over 200 buildings across 346 hectares, as well as a complement of approximately 10,000 students and 2,000 staff, we recognise the implications of our impact on the environment.
How we work
The Sustainability Task Group oversees the evolution and implementation of a Sustainability Agenda for Bangor University, and reports to the Executive Committee. Specific Actions are achieved through the multifunctional Sustainability Implementation Group, supported with input from Sustainability ThinkTanks, which includes representation from the wider University population.
Environmental Management System
We have developed an Environmental Management System (EMS) to support our commitment to achieving continual environmental improvement. The EMS is certified to the prestigious ISO14001:2015 environmental standard, and further information can be viewed on our Environmental Management System Pages.
A new Campus Environmental Performance Team has been established to ensure as much engagement and inclusion as possible. Further information relating to our EMS can be accessed in these pages.
Bangor University is among the top 30 universities in the UK to receive a ‘First Class Honours’ degree style classification for the University’s sustainability credentials.
This latest table sees the University rising nine places, and going from a ‘2:1’ to a ‘First Class Honours degree’. The University achieved its highest score ever with an increase of nearly 8.5% and also scored a perfect 100% in 4 of the 13 categories. The University League is drawn up by People & Planet and is the UK’s only independent ranking of the sustainability of all public UK universities. It is assessed on a wide range of environmental, social and financial sustainability criteria.
The University is also currently ranked in the top 3% of the world’s greenest universities in the UI Green Metric as the 5th greenest suburban university in the world and 6th greenest in the UK.
Investing for Sustainability
Our Estates Strategy is currently being reviewed, and will incorporate sustainability as an integral consideration in the future development of the University. All of our new buildings will be designed to achieve the BREEAM “Excellent” rating as a minimum. Recently completed developments achieving this rating are the multi-million pound Pontio building, the Marine Centre Wales in Menai Bridge, and the St Marys Student Village. Significant development of the University’s Science Quarter on Deiniol Road is proposed, whilst the Menai Science Park in Gaerwen was completed in 2018.
We are also embarking on an ambitious “Invest to Save” energy efficiency programme as we seek to achieve our long term objectives and targets. Each year the University makes 5% of its energy costs available for such initiatives. Recent examples include Horticultural LED lighting in our Henfaes and Memorial glasshouses, the installation of waterless urinals, retrofitting water efficient shower heads in our halls of residences, and the purchase of 3 electric vehicles to replace end of life diesel vans in our Property and Campus Services fleet. If you have a suggestion for such a project please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If you spot any pollution or other environmental incidents at the University please don’t hesitate to let us know straight away by phoning the Safety & Compliance Manager on extension 3607 and completing the Environmental Incident Reporting Form.
If you have any ideas or suggestions for even better environmental performance, please e-mail email@example.com
The Sustainability Lab at Bangor University
Of course, there’s more to sustainability than just the environment. For more information on the wider sustainability agenda at Bangor University, visit our Sustainability Lab webpages