Aston has received a Bronze Award for our EcoCampus Environmental Management System. It’s not quite the Olympics, but it’s just as important to our Environment and Sustainability Team!
EcoCampus is a system that covers the entire University and is designed to improve environmental performance and management; it is designed in line with the ISO14001 accreditation system and has been tailored specifically for Universities. The Bronze Award is the first stage of the process and was awarded to Aston last week after we submitted our work for audit.
The Environment and Sustainability Team, together with the Sustainable Aston Working Group, the Sustainable Procurement Working Group have been working on this for the last year and have now stepped up to start work on the Silver Phase of the Awards. We will be hoping to achieve our Silver Award this summer and then go on to Gold and Platinum by the end of 2011 so there is plenty of work still to be done.
During the Bronze Phase we have been focused specifically on the ‘planning’ side of environmental management; for instance Aston now has a Sustainability Policy in place as well as a complete record of our Environmental baseline, targets and objectives. We have also completed specific action plans for certain areas including Sustainable Procurement, Community involvement and Transport. For the Silver phase we will need to extend this work to cover 5 more areas including Energy and Water, Waste management and Health and safety. The Silver Award also requires more action and implementation so we will need to submit information on the development of our objectives and our environmental aspects and impacts.
Clearly this work will involve people from across the whole University and this achievement belongs to everyone at Aston. Thank you to all those involved and congratulations Aston!
Words by Victoria Johnsen