Environmental Issues and Sustainability

Aim

The Key priorities for implementing the Environmental, Energy and Water Management and Carbon Management Policies within the University are to:

  • Minimize our environmental impacts and work towards the goals of sustainable development
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant legislation and regulations associated with our activities
  • Raise environmental awareness amongst staff and students through improved communication and involvement
  • Embed sustainable development and awareness of environmental issues in our curricula across the University

Scope

The below section outlines the main requirements relating to all staff working within the University. However, this is not exhaustive. Please refer to the full policies (see below) or contact your manager and / or the Environmental Manager for clarification.

What should I know?

All Staff

The Estates department is responsible for all aspects of internal environmental management, and for seeking opportunities to maximise the efficient use of natural resources and to minimise any negative environmental impacts associated with the university.

To work together to support the University to establish and manage a ‘Green and Sustainable’ working environment by:

  • Managing waste through reduction, re-use, and the promotion of recycling
  • Reducing the energy and water consumption
  • Understanding and promoting green transport initiatives
  • Reducing our contribution to global climate change by making significant reductions in our greenhouse gas emissions
  • Working with suppliers who themselves have sound ethical environmental and sustainable policies
  • Preventing pollution of the natural environment

Managers

Heads of Cost Centres for College / Service Departments are required to:

  • Publicise to staff and students energy / water consumption figures and targets
  • Identify energy / water intensive items of equipment and liaise with Estates and Facilities to avoid wasteful practices
  • Examine both the running and capital costs of proposed new equipment and projects so that utilities costs are considered in the decision making process
  • Report any changes in building use or occupancy times to ensure heating, cooling, ventilation and other services are provided efficiently
  • Raise awareness of staff and students to the importance of energy / water saving and build this into normal procedures (eg laboratory procedures and protocols and procedures for cleaning/security staff

Training

  • Environmental Management information and procedures are provided at the Main University Welcome Programme.
  • Environmental “Maps and Compasses” sessions are delivered by the Environmental Manager, and can be requested by any School, College, Department or Student Group.
  • Specific training in legislative compliance associated with the University’s “significant environmental aspects” (e.g. energy, water and waste management, oil and fuel spillage procedures etc.), is delivered to key staff by the Environmental Manager and Health and Safety Services”.
  • Environmental audit training is provided for staff with a role in auditing the University’s Environmental Management System.

Further Information

Environmental Management webpages

Uniplanet website

Email : environment@ bangor.ac.uk

Policy Owner / Policy

Estates & Facilities / Biodiversity Policy

Estates & Facilities / Carbon Management Strategy

Estates & Facilities / Energy and Water Management Policy

Estates & Facilities / Environmental Policy

Estates & Facilities / Sustainability Policy

Estates & Facilities / Sustainable Travel and Transport Policy