Katy Millis, Head of Sustainability and Procurement, shares progress

Our aim is to be a leading educational establishment in sustainability issues and practical solutions, demonstrating our commitment to the environment. We educate our students on Climate Change, empowering them to make important small changes, not only in the College setting, but within their home communities too. We divide our Sustainability Action into six key areas.

Energy Analysing gas and electricity consumption is so important as it accounts for 27% of our total carbon emissions. We have introduced various energy saving initiatives including solar panels, LED lighting in all new projects and refurbishments, movement sensor lighting, upgrades to our building management system and the introduction of a live data analytics dashboard. The solar panels on the Laboratory roof (2016) and the Lord George and Pool arrays (2018) have generated in excess of 500 megawatt hours of electricity to date. This equates to a saving of over 100 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Looking to the future, we are reviewing additional options for installing solar panels, to increase electricity generated and used on campus, therefore using less from the grid.

To minimise gas consumption, we have set our heating systems at a lower temperature in offices and classrooms. We have an excellent solution for ground source heat pumps that would enable the College to become less reliant on gas, but this is not yet funded.

Water The College understands the need to conserve water; we have installed Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) on 75% of our water meters. We have installed water saving shower timers in our boarding houses and auto taps and waterless urinals in bathrooms.

Waste We do not send any waste to landfill. Much is recycled, while general waste is sent to an Energy Recovery facility and food waste to an anaerobic digestion centre and made into fertiliser.

Supply chain We have engaged with 70 of our main suppliers to explore their response to climate change, in order to reduce our carbon footprint when we purchase goods or services from them.

Biodiversity The Ground’s team have planted new trees that have been selected to create our wildlife corridor, running along the fence line. We have eradicated pesticides that damage the environment and harm wildlife and have created wilding planting at many of our boundaries. We will continue to plan a campus that can be enjoyed by all students and staff, whilst preserving and encouraging new wildlife and plants to thrive.

Travel Student and staff commuting is reviewed and data captured on an annual basis. The College is proud that only 13% of students are driven to school. We encourage sustainable travel by offering our Foundation Schools coach service, supplying bike racks for over 500 cyclists and congratulate those who choose to walk to school. Much work is being done on exploring other routes and methods of travel that are lower in CO2 emissions.