Glyndŵr University is committed to understanding and managing its impact on the environment. The main priorities are;
- The integration of environmental management into the University’s governance
- The improvement of procedures for efficient use of resources
- The establishment of management systems that will drive performance
- The creation of a sustainable culture and ethos through staff, student and community engagement
Staff who engage and have a main functions for sustainability are outlined below. The list is not exhaustive and further information can be obtained from the Safety, Health and Environmental Department.
Estates and Safety, Health and Environment
The universities Estates department manage and monitor the internal environment. The Energy & Sustainability Assistant is a specialist key role and integral to the successful function of the Carbon Management Team. The team develops and delivers the Carbon Management Plan (CMP) of the University and integrates energy efficiency and water conservation across all sites to support the delivery of core business objectives. All aspects of sustainability is a standing item on the Safety, Health and Environment committee who report directly to the Vice Chancellors board.
In order to support the University’s core strategic themes, the Environmental Sustainability Strategy will focus on the following key priorities:-
Priority 1 - Carbon Reduction
Priority 2 - Education for Environmental Sustainability
Priority 3 - Partnership and Engagement
Priority 4 - Environmental impact of the Estate
Priority 5 - Quality Assurance
The Campus Services Manager has responsibility for the disposal and monitoring of waste produced at the university and to comply with legislation. The CSM regularly implements and reviews the Waste Management service to ensure it supports and contributes to the improvement of environmental aims and objectives.
The SHE department are the drivers of environmental and sustainability projects and objectives benchmarking against similar organisations. The team ensure that departments align strategic priorities for the university and that an environmental management system is achieved.
Academic and Professional Service Departments are required to:
- Reduce carbon emissions through working practises
- Embed sustainable development and awareness into the curriculum
- Manage and reduce waste generated
- Reduce the universities impact on local, national and global travel demands
- Preserve and enhance the natural habitats, local wildlife and biological diversity on university sites
- Ensure that procurement is carried out in a socially responsible manner.
- Environmental objectives and targets provided at new staff inductions
- Green champions are volunteers who meet to share new and best practise ideas. Green champions receive training on how to promote the strategy
Find out some easy ways to save on energy and water here (pdf format)
Students and staff are being encouraged to cycle between lectures and beyond thanks to a £10,000 pot of green funding.
Glyndŵr University, Wrexham, has taken delivery of 18 new bikes which will be available to students and staff. The bikes have been purchased through funding from Taith, a Welsh Government body which aims to improve public transport options in North Wales.
As well as week-long bike hire, students and staff will receive a set of accessories to use when they sign up, including hi-visibility vests and bike locks.
The scheme – which offers 14 fold-up bikes and 4 hybrids was launched as part of its Go Green Week in February 2014
Claire Doran, safety, health and environment assistant, said the convenience of storing the fold-up bikes at home would help to encourage people to travel to and from the university on two wheels. “Glyndŵr University is committed to providing and encouraging as many transport options as possible for students and staff,” said Claire. “We’re very grateful to Taith for this fantastic donation which has allowed us to purchase the bikes. The scheme has been well received so far and we look forward to seeing many of the bikes out and about around the university and Wrexham.”
Taith has recognised Glyndŵr University’s commitment to improving transport options with one of its Bronze Travel Awards. This recognises the recent work which has been carried out by the university to provide greener travel options to staff, students and visitors.
Jessica Pritchard, Taith’s regional travel plan coordinator for North Wales, said: “Our aim is to support all projects which provide alternative transport options and I’m really pleased that Glyndŵr University have made great use of the money which they’ve received from us.”
Find out how to hire a bike here
We encourage staff who have suggestions or ideas for making us a more sustainable institution to contribute to shaping our plans.
The university was awarded a certificate by Wrexham County Borough Council in recognition of its contributions to the Britain/Wales in Bloom Campaign 2011. The campaign focused on improving Wrexham’s overall environment, including both the town centre and the surrounding towns and villages.
Fairtrade University status
Glyndŵr University is proud to have achieved Fairtrade University status, recognised by the Fairtrade Foundation. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.
Glyndŵr University supports these aims wherever possible across our campuses and facilities.