Bath Spa unveils its new Sustainability Strategy
Dr Julian Greaves, Sustainability Manager at Bath Spa, explains how the University is helping to make the world a better place, one student at a time.
Bath Spa University is well known for its caring attitude towards staff, students and precious environment. We see this as a key part of who we are and this is reflected in our overall strategy, which is underpinned by our primary commitment to be ethically-led.
Over the last ten years, we’ve continued to improve our environmental performance, for instance, by reducing our carbon emissions by over 50% per m2, by increasing recycling rates to 80% of all University waste and by improving the biodiversity on our sites through our biodiversity and habitat management plan.
More recently, we’ve expanded our estates-based activities to ensure that issues relating to sustainability are addressed in all our degree courses. Altogether, this will enable all our students to take informed decisions and make a meaningful difference to the world and the communities in which they live – throughout their lives – making the world a better place.
I am delighted to share with you the news that we have now brought together into a single Sustainability Strategy, all of the great work that we have been doing and what we are planning to do in the future.
The Strategy comprises seven themes, each of which is framed in terms of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:
- Education for sustainability
- Estate management
- Procurement (including food and Fairtrade)
- Health and wellbeing
- Sustainable Financial Management
- Community engagement
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