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Aston secures prestigious ‘EcoCampus’ and Environmental awards

Campus

28 November 2014

Aston University has been accredited to an international ‘green’ standard in recognition of its wide range of environmental management and sustainability initiatives.

Live energy dashboards and 'Go Green Champions' are just come of the exciting initiatives and projects to help secure Aston's Platinum EcoCampus Award- the highest achievable environmental level for the higher education sector.

Throughout the last year Aston University has implemented a number of initiatives which have helped increase the university’s ‘green’ performance, these include:

  • The launch of Aston’s Kestrel campaign to promote initiatives such as Bike Week, recycling initiatives and energy saving campaigns
  • Using live energy dashboards for all buildings on campus, which shows current and daily consumption
  • Heating the hot water for our main building via the CHP system, instead of using gas fired boilers.
  • Training of a number of Go Green Champions from across the University.
  • Replacing and maintaining all insulation on heating pipes in Aston’s main building

Aston was also awarded the ISO's Internationally Recognised 14001 standard which provides assurances to companies that Aston has recognised and constantly monitored environmental framework in place. 

Aston University first joined the EcoCampus Scheme in 2008; working through all four stages having achieved their first EcoCampus Platinum accreditation in 2012. The Award highlights the way universities manage and reduce their impact on the environment at the same time as improving their environmental performances and ensuring legal compliance. This Environmental Management System (EMS) covers a wide range of areas such as the use of natural resources, handling and treatment of waste, sustainable procurement and energy consumption.  

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For further media information, please contact Naheeda Akhtar, University Communications on 0121 204 5004 or n.akhtar18@aston.ac.uk