Wednesday 14 February 2018

Environment Team changes to Sustainable Development Team

The Sustainable Development Team.

The Sustainable Development Team has changed its name from the Environment Team to reflect the broader remit of projects undertaken and to align with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Increasingly over recent years, the projects the team has undertaken have had a social, as well as an environmental focus. Examples of such projects have included:

  • Partnering with the British Heart Foundation to promote charitable donations across the city, whilst minimising waste generated;
  • The weekly Foodshare project run from Clifton Campus aimed at nurturing gardening skills;
  • Helping local businesses through our regular markets;
  • Working with teams within the University to promote sustainable procurement and sustainable transport.

A further example is in the championing of the Fairtrade University status, which reflects the team’s interest in social welfare, as well as environmental concerns in developing countries. In February, the team will be working with the Students Union and the Hive during Enterprise Week, to promote innovation around new products, materials or services from our student community, that have a social and/or environmental benefit.

Sustainable Development Manager Charmaine Morrell said: "Even when it’s an environmental project, such as enhancing biodiversity at our campuses, there are massive social benefits alongside environmental ones. Research shows that it isn't just air quality that improves but workplace satisfaction increases when employees have access to green spaces, something our team promotes through projects such as Greening The City.

"At Brackenhurst the Sustainable Development Team have championed the creation of a woodland, where 2,500 trees have already been planted and a further 3,200 trees are planned to be planted in spring 2018. This not only improves the environment for wildlife, but also provides a great volunteering, social opportunity for staff and students alike in enhancing biodiversity for future generations."

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