Oxford Brookes wins Gold EcoCampus Award

Friday, 09 October 2009

Brookes is the first university to win a Gold EcoCampus award.

Oxford Brookes has become the first university to win a Gold EcoCampus award in recognition of its approach to sustainability.

The university, the third greenest in the UK, won the award for implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) at its Wheatley Campus.

Oxford Brookes is one of the first Higher Education Institutions to undertake the EcoCampus Programme as part of a national pilot scheme.

The EMS allows the university to manage its environmental impact in areas such as waste production, energy use and travel, helping to identify areas for further improvement.

The Sustainability Team is now working towards achieving the Platinum Award and aims to implement the EMS across all of its sites by 2012. There are four stages to the EcoCampus award: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

Harriet Waters, the university’s Sustainability Manager, said: “Oxford Brookes University has consistently been at the forefront of sustainability in the Higher Education sector.

“Being the first university to receive the Gold EcoCampus Award is yet another example of how seriously Oxford Brookes takes its corporate responsibility and demonstrates that we are fully committed to reducing our impact on the environment.”

Oxford Brookes has also signed up to the 10:10 Campaign and is committed to cutting its carbon emissions by 10 per cent in 2010. In order to help achieve this goal, the university has fitted a thermal cover at its Harcourt Hill swimming pool, which will cut carbon emissions by 27 tonnes per year, and is running the national Student Switch Off competition in halls of residences which last year saved 1,300 tonnes of CO2 across the UK.

The university is also running a series of events around energy-saving as part of Energy Week (26-31 October).