The University of Stirling benefits from its location in the heart of scenic Scotland, and we’ve always taken our commitment to environmental sustainability seriously – both on campus and around the world.
The introduction of our Combined Heat and Power Plant (CHP) in 2014 has reduced the University’s carbon footprint by around 2,800 tonnes per year, and generated an annual reduction in utility costs of over £500,000. The CHP provides 70% of campus electricity and 61% of campus heating.
We’re also helping to influence sustainable practices across the globe through our aquaculture research and the Centre for Sustainable Practice and Living – a collaborative initiative between the University and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency. The centre has conducted research for Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group, the Soil Association and Confederation of Forest Industries.
Read on for more information about our policies on recycling, biodiversity and more.
Read the Carbon Management Plan here.
The University of Stirling recognises the environmental impacts arising from energy consumption and waste and is committed to tackling climate change by embedding sustainability at the core of its business practices. We are working on putting sustainability and carbon reduction at the heart of our policies, strategies, plans and projects. Examples where this has been applied include the Estate Strategy, Sustainability Policy, Campus Active Travel Initiative and a range of practical energy saving projects as part of general maintenance, capital projects and dedicated energy projects.
We are looking to specifically focus on carbon reduction through a University wide initiative and enhance existing practices.
The success of reducing our Carbon footprint depends on everyone doing their bit. There are already a number of projects underway to reduce carbon emissions such as improved heating controls, lagging of pipework, improved energy efficient campus lighting, and more ideas are being evaluated.
If you have any ideas on how to reduce our Carbon footprint please let us know by emailing the SEC team.
The BS8555 Environmental Management System implementation programme is coordinated by the Head of Operational Risk and Environmental Sustainability, and commenced in 2011. The University was audited and certificated to Phase 1 in December 2011, Phase 2 in December 2012 and Phase 3 in September 2014. Phases 4 - 6 of BS8555 lead on to ISO 14001 certification, however, achievement of Phase 3 is the point where the EMS implementation is seen as fully functioning.
Additional details can be found below:
Please contact the Head of SEC if you require any further information.
Commitment: Sustainability is a process of ensuring the wise use of resources within a framework in which economic, environmental and social factors are integrated and balanced. It is a corporate value and the University aims to meet its commitment to continually improve its sustainability through research, teaching, the services it provides and in the way it operates as an organisation.
Responsibility: The corporate responsibility for this policy is shared by the entire University population, at every level and across all Departments. The University Court, Principal and senior management team are committed to its success.
Policy statement: The University of Stirling operates as a place of research and learning, as a business and as a key member of the local and wider community. It has a role to play in shaping a sustainable future. The University is committed to integrating sustainable development into everyday practice by minimising environmental impact wherever possible, maximising economic performance and supporting beneficial social and community opportunities.
Aims: In satisfying this commitment the University aims to:
Environmental responsibility: -
Business, legal and economic responsibility –
Social Responsibility: -
Policy implementation: Sustainable development issues will be discussed and consulted on at the University Safety, Health and Environment Committee which will lead to objectives and specific targets. A process of monitoring, auditing and reporting of progress on these objectives will be considered by the SHE committee.
Implementation date: February 2007
Policy reviewed: Annually
Minor update December 2011
There is a formalised way of reporting environmental incidents i.e. uncontrolled events that have or could have had an impact on the environment, such as chemical or oil spills; contamination of land, the Loch, flora or fauna; damage to a listed building etc. Environmental incident reporting is in addition to any reporting required for Health and Safety reasons (which are reported using the on-line accident reporting system).
The form can be completed digitally and forwarded to Head of SEC once complete. You should also retain a copy for your own records. Click Environmental Incident Report form to report an environmental incident.
The environmental objectives 2014 – 2018 are to:
Implement key objective action points of the University Biodiversity Plan.
Aim for the highest practicable BREEAM rating for all new construction projects and ensure that a minimum of 10% of the value of materials used on construction projects over £1m is derived from recycled and re-used sources.
Embed the principles of sustainable procurement within the University to ensure that the University meets its sustainable procurement duty.
Promote the minimisation of waste and provide an infrastructure for re-use and recycling to achieve a 30% reduction in overall waste generated by the University and 90% recycling of waste by 2018.
Promote the responsible use of water on campus through better monitoring of water usage patterns and targeted campaigns to reduce water consumption in identified areas of high usage.
Endorsed by the Safety, Health and Environment Committee May 2014
Full details can be read here.
The University of Stirling recognises the quality of its setting and campus landscape as being of significant value to University students, staff and visitors, as well as the wider community. The campus is recognised as a valuable asset both in terms of its general amenity and as an academic resource. The campus extends to 135ha (334acres) and is subject to two designations – it is a Historic Garden and Designed Landscape and is also within an Area of Great Landscape Value. As part of the development of its Estate Strategy, the University commissioned an Ecological Baseline Report in 2007 to establish the ecological baseline conditions on the campus and inform the development of this policy and a Biodiversity Management Plan. The campus is recognised as a priority habitat, both managed and natural.
The University has stated its commitment to minimising environmental impact in its Sustainability Policy and is committed to protecting, maintaining and improving the biodiversity of its estate. In satisfying this commitment the University aims to:
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The Corporate Sustainability Steering Group (CSSG) was established in November 2015 and meets around 3 times a year. The group is chaired by the Deputy Principal (Operational Strategy and External Affairs), who is responsible for the strategic direction of sustainability at the University of Stirling.
The purpose of CSSG is to coordinate sustainability at the University and has identified three key themes which will form the main focus of its work in 2016-17:
Deputy Principal (Operational Strategy and External Affairs)
|Head of Procurement||Colin Elliott|
|Environmental Adviser||David Jordan|
|Director for Centre of Sustainable Practice and Living||Erik MacEachern|
|Deputy Head of Policy and Planning||Gavin Lee|
|Graduate Policy and Planning Officer||Graeme Duff|
|Head of Safety, Environment and Continuity||Jeanette Roberts|
|Director of Estates and Campus Services||Karen Plouviez|
|Director of Information Services||Kathy McCabe|
|Environmental Projects Co-ordinator (Students’ Union)||Laurelin Van der Molen|
|Dean of Student Affairs||Tim Whalley|
|Internal Communications Officer||Wendy Bailey|
|Students’ Union President||David Keenan|
|Ambitious Futures Graduate Trainee||Sarah Anderson|
The University is committed to the sustainable management of waste that minimises any environmental impact and promotes resource efficiency whilst ensuring legal compliance.
To reduce the consumption of bottled water by staff and students, the university provides free water fountains throughout the campus. Bottled water coolers have been replaced with mains-fed water where possible
The Green Champions are a network of staff throughout the university who take an active role in raising awareness of, and supporting environmental sustainability in their faculty or professional services directorate.
The role of a Green Champion is to:
If you are interested in becoming a Green Champion or would like more information, contact: GreenChampions@stir.ac.uk
The Centre for Sustainable Practice and Living (CSPL) is a collaborative initiative between the University of Stirling’s Management School and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
As a new interdisciplinary research centre it aims to become one of the leading research and knowledge exchange centres globally studying the many dimensions of sustainability.
Find out more here
The Students’ Union environmental team strive to make life here at the University of Stirling more environmentally friendly and build a stronger community as they do this. The Environmental team’s base, the Green + Blue space, is located in the Atrium. To find out more about the Students’ Union Environmental team and their activities click here
The University is committed to reducing atmospheric pollution by encouraging more sustainable travel alternatives to, from and between University sites and on University business.
To support this the University has introduced: