Get involved with sustainability activities

15 November 2022

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The Environmental Sustainability Team provides an update on initiatives taking place across the University.

Get involved with the Green Impact programme

The Green Impact programme relaunched this September, and we wish a very warm welcome to all of our new teams and members. Green Impact is the United Nations’ award-winning programme and is designed to support environmentally and socially sustainable practice. 

Monthly drop-ins take place throughout the year where you can share ideas. To find out whether your area of interest already has an established team or to get involved please email sustainability@brookes.ac.uk  

Each month, SOS-UK, a student-led education charity focusing on sustainability, also hosts a Green Impact webinar on a different sustainability topic. These are free to join and you can register to attend any of the upcoming webinars. This month's webinar, titled 'What happened at COP27?’ is taking place on Tuesday 29 November at 11.00am.

Green Impact spotlight

A great example of sustainability being put into action has been the achievements of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) team at the Headington Campus, Marston Road site, and the Joel Joffe Building on our Swindon Campus. 

The NMC team has taken action to stop buying bottled water and instead promote and encourage the use of reusable and refillable bottles. With the introduction of water fountains everyone can now top-up their own reusable bottles, which is expected to save around 14,000 single-use plastic bottles a year. Thank you to Amy Volp, Operations Manager, and her team for embracing this move and helping the University in its efforts to increase its sustainability footprint.

Support the British Heart Foundation’s Operation Elf 2022

Oxford Brookes works closely with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and in the last year students and staff helped to raise a fantastic £37,408 through the annual Pack for Good campaign. The donation banks can be used all year round, including for any post-Christmas clear-outs you may be having. 

This festive season, are you able to spare just a few hours to further support the BHF at one of their shops? If so, simply fill out the BHF’s Operation Elf 2022 form to let them know when and where you can volunteer, and they’ll be in touch to follow up with the next steps. 

Environmental Management System reaccreditation

We are also pleased to announce that Oxford Brookes has passed its annual ISO14001 Environmental Management System surveillance audit.   

Continued compliance with this internationally recognised standard is a key requirement for many of our stakeholders, including financial partners and research grant applications. It sends out a clear signal that we are effectively managing our environmental aspects in line with expectations.

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who was involved in the audit via site walkthroughs, interviews and by providing supporting information.