21 Nov 2018
Loughborough maintains environmental accreditation
The University is proud to announce it has been re-accredited the Environmental Management System ISO 14001.
Held since 2014, the University has been confirmed as an organisation that will continue with the accreditation after a successful four-day audit. By achieving this, it verifies the efforts of the institution to help protect the environment, as stated in Loughborough University’s environmental policy.
ISO 14001 is an Environmental Management System (EMS) which helps the University to manage its responsibilities for the environment at both the Loughborough and London campuses, and also to enhance its environmental performance.
Furthermore, the ISO 14001 EMS signifies to stakeholders of the University that the environmental impact is being measured and improved.
The Sustainability Team work hard to communicate and engage with staff and students throughout the year to make them aware of their role in supporting the University’s environmental impact.
Being a large organisation can significantly impact the environment in terms of energy, water and waste. To prevent these factors from negatively affecting the environment, the team encourage staff and students to take action with initiatives such as the free online E-essentials course.
This course explains the work of the team, the environmental aspects of campus, key compliance obligations and how staff and students can play their part and help. More information about the course and how to access it can be found on the Sustainability webpages here.
In addition, the team works with Departments across the University to help them find ways to be more sustainable in their areas, as well as working on projects such as ‘Only rain down the drain’, to prevent local rivers being polluted.
Nik Hunt, Environmental Manager at the University, commented: “Key to the Environmental Management System is demonstrating continual improvement both strategically and operationally. Strategically we work with Senior Management to further the embedding of sustainability, but operationally we need the ongoing support of all staff, students, tenants and visitors to deliver continual improvement.
“Every little helps, whether this is saving energy, supporting biodiversity, travelling sustainably, reducing waste or increasing recycling and we would like to encourage everyone to do their bit to help the University to maintain its continual improvement.”
For further information, please contact Nik Hunt, Environmental Manager on N.O.Hunt@lboro.ac.uk or call 01509 228083.