Sustainable Campus

Newman University is committed to improving its environmental performance and to ethical stewardship of natural resources. As a responsible Catholic organisation, our objective is to grow and develop in a sustainable manner. The University recognises that our activities impact on the environment and is committed to minimising such impact and to developing more sustainable approaches to the use of resources. Here are just some of our achievements to date:

Recycling Our Waste  
During the last two years (since 2010) we reduced our waste collections by over 80%. Recycling facilities have been introduced across campus for paper, plastics, cans and bottles. Recyclable waste is baled and then sent to a local recycling company who pay us for plastics and cardboard. The recycling company further recycles the goods. In the last 9 months we have recycled
7.14 tonnes of paper, 3.37 tonnes of cardboard, 1.45 tonnes of plastic bottles and over 22 tonnes of scrap metal.
 
Fairtrade University  
Newman is committed to promoting the broader understanding and awareness of Fairtrade, poverty and the developing world.  Achieving Fairtrade status reflects Newman’s mission which is based on respect for others, social justice and equity. Newman's Sanctuary Cafe sells a range of Fairtrade coffee, tea and chocolate and it is standard procedure for Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar to be served in meetings across campus.
 
EcoCampus  
Newman University is delighted to have been awarded a silver award from EcoCampus in July 2011. EcoCampus is an Environmental Management System and award scheme for the higher education sector. The scheme allows universities to be recognised for addressing key issues of environmental sustainability. Newman is now working towards achieving the Gold Award during 2012/13.  
Reducing Our Carbon Footprint  
Newman secured a £150,000 grant from the Revolving Green Fund and has used this to fund intelligent lighting and upgrading the boilers. Our intention is to use the savings from the Revolving Green Fund (estimated to be £35,000 per year) on more sustainable projects.


We approved a Carbon Management Plan in March 2011, and committed to reduce our carbon footprint by 30% by 2015 and by 43% by 2020.
During 2011 we achieved a 22% reduction in gas consumption, reduced electricity consumption by just over 20% and reduced water usage by 9%. To reduce consumption further, we plan to use spaces more efficiently, particularly at evenings and weekends.

 
Environmentally Friendly Publications  
Our prospectus is produced using paper which contains post-consumer waste, pre-consumer waste and product from well-managed forests.  
Greener Travel  
Newman has introduced 18 reserved staff car parking spaces for car sharers. Our intention is to introduce reserved parking spaces on the student car park for car sharers. If anyone wishes to join a car sharing group, please visit www.liftshare.com for more information. We encourage all staff and students to use alternative modes of transport (through the Travelwise scheme) and will continue to work with Birmingham City Council to achieve this through the development of our Travel Plan.   
A Giving Campus  
Unwanted goods such as clothing, kitchenware and bric-a-brac from our Halls of Residence are donated to a local charity for homeless people or the PDSA. Used blankets are donated to Birmingham Dogs Home.  

 

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