Sustainability approved for development in Dec 2017
In the light of transparency, we would like to share the document with you to raise awareness of this early document that is to shape our future.
Please download/view the full proposal as pdf. >>>
We think this is a major flaw in this current proposal, and will likely lead only to minor projects actually being developed in the near future.
However, the current version is a start and we all have to start somewhere...
As you may have already seen in the students consultation, happening over the last few weeks, dedicated staff is specifically mentioned in their questions.
Life cycle thinking and introducing sustainability to save our future, requires rethinking and undoing old behaviors on every level. Hence, we need dedicated staff able to address the larger picture and enable the utilisation of the collective intelligence of our extensive University community.
Our current way of life and work at the University is unsustainable.
Let's build a path to a beautiful new way for our University - protecting the environment around us and ensure our current life is improving our future.
P.S.: We heard that there is a meeting of the steering or operational group this week (possibly 13th of March) and will feed back any new developments once we know more.
Some take away points from the approved proposal:
- Andrew Dodman, Chief Operating Officer, is the sponsor for sustainability at the UEB level
- Tracy Wray takes on the professional services lead for sustainability
- Duncan Cameron takes on the academic lead for sustainability
- Sustainability related issues will be added to the remit of the University's Health and Safety Committee (Note: lack of a dedicated sustainability committee)
- A steering group consisting out of Andrew Dodman, Tracy Wray, Duncan Cameron and the Students' Union's Development officer (currently Megan McGrath) will oversee the development and implementation of the sustainability strategy - this steering group is to meet three times before the end of the academic year.
- According to the proposal, this strategy and implementation should have been delivered by the end of February 2018. (Already delayed! The lack of dedicated sustainability staff certainly contributed to this delay)
- An operational delivery group will be hosted in Corporate Communications and co-chaired by Tracy and Duncan, and this group will prioritise two or three sustainability related tasks to implement before the end of the academic year
- The operational delivery group will consist of academic and professional services staff as well as students representatives
- there will be a sustainability related contact in Corporate Communications, but it is envisioned that the bulk of the work will be enacted by other departments (?)
- the operational group will feed back at steering group meetings and a initial performance will be evaluated at the end of the 17/18 academic year
- A sustainability strategy will be developed to inform the University's work and to further embed a culture of sustainability throughout the institution. This is also meant to show that the University is prioritizing sustainability at the highest level.
- the sustainability strategy is to be build around 5 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals - 1) Quality Education, 2) Affordable and Clean Energy 3) Sustainable Cities and Communities 4) Responsible Consumption and Production and 5) Climate Action.