Sustainability at Wrexham Glyndwr
Wrexham Glyndwr University aims to promote principles of sustainability. Through teaching, research and knowledge exchange activities we will promote sustainable communities, services and use of physical resources.
We have a Sustainability Action Working Group (SAWG), 25 newly appointed Green Champions for 2018, consisting of Students and Staff including Students Union and Unison representatives and Sustainability has been given an annual budget of £20’000 ring fenced for special projects.
Wrexham Glyndŵr University is a member of the Wales Waste and Resource Research Centre, managed by Cardiff University and funded through the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme and the Welsh Assembly Government.
Safety, Health and Environment Committee
The committee consists of staff from both academic and professional services. This group discusses and implements the objectives from the strategy and reports through to the Vice Chancellors board.
WGSU’s CEO sits on the SHE committee, ensuring all duties are carried out within the organisation. WGSU have been recognised for their work in this area through becoming the H&S champions in May 2017. Having a member of WGSU on the SHE committee ensures that best practice can be shared amongst students and throughout departments.
The University takes its role within the wider community seriously and is committed to establishing and strengthening partnerships with local business, charities and other organisations.
Collaboration/partnerships already established:
- Flintshare a Community led growing group
- F&DBKA local beekeepers association
- Plas Derw Trust an outdoor and environmental educator
- British Heart Foundation
- Food Bank
- Flying Start
Safety, Health and Environment Committee tackles issues of mutual concern to local residents, students and the University. The committee meet regularly. Reports on sustainability are made to the committee from the Sustainability Action Working Group, including a review of community issues raised and dealt with throughout the year.
Sustainability Action Working Group
In 2016 the University established a Sustainability Action Working Group, which includes student, academic, professional department, union and Unison representation.
The group meet monthly to plan, implement and review the university's sustainability and green agendas and targets. They advise and make recommendations to the university on all aspects of sustainability and help to promote social responsibility within the university. They implement and review sustainable policies and promote the engagement of the university’s curriculum and research with issues relating to sustainability and social responsibility. They recruit and appoint green champions and disseminate information to the wider university community.
The Sustainability Action Working Group (Previously the Sustainability Advisory Forum) reports to the Safety, Health and Environment Committee. It has a number of members from the Students’ Union which highlights that sustainability is a high priority throughout the organisation. Currently, SAWG is working towards improvement in Environmental and Sustainability projects and aiming to improve WGU’s position in the 2018 People & Planet league table.
Alongside this, the Students’ Union has been working hard on the sustainability agenda and we are delighted to announce that they have achieved an Excellent award from Green Impact with support and partnership from the University and the Sustainability Action Working Group. The Green Impact panel recognised how small the institution is and commended the great partnership between both organisations in this area.
Take a look at the last few SAWG meeting notes:
Environmental Management System – Green Dragon Environmental Standard
This is in the developmental stage with a view to obtaining Green Dragon. The Green Dragon Standard is owned and operated by Groundwork Wales.
The Standard is structured into five “steps” to allow organisations to gain recognition for their progress with their environmental management. Level 5 of Green Dragon is comparable to ISO 14001 and EMAS. Green Dragon allows organisations to implement a recognised EMS and demonstrate environmental credentials at a level which is appropriate to size and activities. Green Dragon can also be used as a route to ISO 14001, which also allows recognition of achievements at each stage of the journey.