The university has been given the Bronze EcoCampus Award for addressing issues such as energy efficiency of buildings, waste production and green procurement.

EcoCampus is an environmental management system specially designed for the higher education sector.

The university has implemented the system to enable better management of environmental impacts and improving environmental performance.

There are four stages to the EcoCampus award: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum and the University will be striving to maintain commitment from staff to achieve the silver award in 2010.

Rebecca Barnett, who is the university’s newly-appointed environmental officer, said: “We are really pleased to have been awarded the Bronze EcoCampus Award but we are now aiming to achieve the Silver award.

“To do this we will be identifying our key environmental impacts and setting challenging environmental objectives and targets for the University.”

In a separate initiative, the university has already signed up to the WRAP’s Halving Waste to Landfill voluntary agreement in relation to the construction of its new City Centre Campus.

The WRAP agreement commits the University to set targets to reduce the amount of construction, demolition and excavation waste sent to landfill by 2012.

Sam Bond

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