We are committed to continuously improving our environmental performance and encouraging students and staff to adopt a sustainable approach to their studies, work and lifestyle.
Energy and Carbon Management
The University of Cumbria has developed a Carbon Management Plan (CMP) in order to support its long term aim of becoming a more sustainable institution. This plan represents our commitment to achieving a 45% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020, taken from a 2007-08 baseline.
To find out more download the plan and our energy policy.
As part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability, we have signed up to take part in an exciting programme led by the National Union of Students.
Green Impact Universities and Colleges is an environmental accreditation scheme which helps people improve their working environments and positively impact the lives of their students whilst gaining recognition for their efforts. The scheme has worked with more than 50 universities and colleges, over 100 Students’ Unions, and ever increasing numbers of community organisations.
Staff volunteers needed
This year, staff at the University will be encouraged to form teams and complete an online workbook that acts as a framework for continual improvement.
The teams aim to win a bronze, silver or gold accreditation through fulfilling a variety of environmental criteria that have a significantly positive effect on their working environment.
The central team at NUS as well as at UoC will help support teams through the process, as well as providing a wealth of online resources to help make changes in working environments across the institutions.
If you think you’d be interested in becoming a Green Impact team, please get in touch with Lachlan Fulton on 01524 590 880 (extension 2721) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to making Green Impact a real success at the University!
EcoCampus is an Environmental Management System (EMS) and award scheme targeted towards the higher education sector.
Why is it important?
The EcoCampus scheme encourages, rewards and provides tools to assist the university in achieving long term environmental/sustainability targets and implementing improved practices.
The development of an EMS allows us to better understand and control our impact on the environment, reduce the risk of pollution, ensure compliance with environmental legislation and drive continual improvement of our operations.
What are we doing?
The scheme is broken down into a number of stages - bronze, silver, gold and platinum.
The scheme follows a PLAN – DO – CHECK – ACT (PDCA) model as shown
The University of Cumbria achieved the Silver Award in July 2014
To achieve the Silver award the University successfully:
Identified all relevant environmental legislation and other requirements through the development of a legal register
Produced an environmental aspects and impacts register to help manage environmental risk
Developed a set of environmental objectives and targets with supporting management programmes in order to ensure these are achieved
Developed a methodology for reviewing and refining our policies in line with these objectives and targets
The University of Cumbria is dedicated to substantially decreasing the amount of waste it sends to landfill by reducing waste, reusing where possible and recycling when necessary.
We aim to divert over 90% of our waste from landfill. To achieve this, we encourage all our students and staff to be conscientious about recycling during their time at the university.
Partnership with Cumbria Waste Group
To support our environmental target, we are pleased to be working with a local business, Cumbria Waste Group, for our main site waste management services. CWG were appointed to help improve the amount of waste being recycled by separating at source. The university now segregates into three streams – Paper & Card, Co-mingled (plastic, tins & glass) and non – recyclable.
CWG is responsible for emptying over 100 bins each week across our four main campus sites in Carlisle, Lancaster and Ambleside.
The University of Cumbria is a licensed waste carrier. Our licence number is CBDL135305.
This allows us to carry waste directly to waste recycling or disposal sites, or between our main campus and ancillary sites.