People in the UK use so many resources we would need three planets if the whole world lived like we do. An average North American would need five! Ghandi quote: On the eve of India’s independence, Mahatma Gandhi was asked whether he thought the country could follow the British model of industrial development. His response retains a powerful resonance in a world that has to redefine its relation to the earth’s ecology: &quot;It took Britain half the resources of this planet to achieve its prosperity. How many planets will India require for development?&quot;
We start the century at 1.5 billion We end the century, after adding another billion every 12 years at 6 billion and we are not at 6.9 billion. By mid century we are predicted to be at 9 billion. The 9 billion people are of course all aspiring to live the sort of standard of living that we have in the UK, so as we move forward we not only adding another 50% to the population we have also increased demand for resources per head of the population on the planet
Why is sustainable development important for higher education? Climate change is the greatest environmental challenge facing the world today. To meet this challenge, the world needs minds capable of creating new possibilities for meeting our basic needs such as energy, water, shelter and food; minds that can transform our daily experiences into ones that allow a sustainable development, safeguarding our opportunities and the environment for future generations. The higher education sector is where these minds are trained and developed. Therefore, it is crucial that the sector contributes strongly to sustainable development. It can do so by training and expanding these young minds; researching answers to challenges and informing public policy; showing its own understanding and commitment through careful campus management; and by being a responsible employer and active member of the business and local community.
People & Planet Green League has brought sustainability at Universities into the minds of senior management. The University is measured on 10 different criteria and compared to other UK universities. In 2009 Greenwich was 103 rd , in 2010 it came 61 st . In 2011 we reached a brilliant 5 th ! Kingston Uni was 2 nd highest
* Based on a 2008/9 baseline = to HEFCE target
This year the University is undertaking the Higher Education Carbon Management Programme run by the Carbon Trust. In line with HEFCE’s requirements for Universities to have a signed off Carbon Management Plan to meet their funding criteria (CIF2). HEFCE have set sector wide aspirations for the Higher Education sector to cut their carbon emissions by 43% by 2020 based on a 2005/6 baseline. Through the Carbon Management Plan the University is trying to create a plan to reduce our Carbon Emissions by 35% by 2015 and 50% by 2020. The aspiration is to become a leader in the sector.
The UK currently sends over 300 kg of waste per person per year to landfill (Eurostat) and the South East sends more to landfill than any other region. At £56 per tonne, landfill is becoming expensive too. Graph shows approximate rates for August 2010
Fascinating facts about bees In a typical bee colony you will find: 1 queen (female) 300 drones (males) 25,000 older workers, foragers (female) 25,000 young workers in the hive attending the brood that might consist of: 9,000 larvae requiring food 6,000 eggs (from which the larvae hatch) 20,000 older larvae and pupae in sealed cells which need no attention except to be kept warm at around 35°C The queen can lay over 1000 eggs a day which is more than her bodyweight. Bees eat honey primarily to fuel their wing muscles. They fly within a radius of up to 4 miles of their hive though few go that far. Their top speed is about 22mph (32 Km/h). Honey fuel consumption is approximately 7 million miles per gallon – compared to 34 miles per gallon for the top performing diesel vehicle in the University’s fleet! To collect enough nectar and pollen for a large jar of honey (500g) a bee would have to travel the equivalent distance of twice around the world which would involve visiting 10,000 flowers. Before electricity and gas bees wax was more important to man than honey, bees wax can burn very economically with no smoke when burnt with the right size wick.
Carbon8 – University spin off company pioneering research into innovative capture of carbon dioxide Algae Fuel – To fuel a CHP in Medway Stockwell Street – Developing a BREEAM Excellent building for School of Architecture Hadlow College – Sustainable Agriculture School of Science – Developing renewable energy projects with Ian Cakebread The Sustainability Team is determined to take the message of sustainability and positive environmental action to the students. We have had a presence at the Freshers’ Fayres. We signed up nearly 50 students interested in gaining work experience in the University Sustainability Team. We are planning Go Green Week for February 2011. Sustainability is being engrained into the education and research programmes at the University.
Based on 2009/10 baseline
Through meetings, workshops and training the Sustainability Team and the Champions will share ideas, methods and best practice for promoting sustainable behaviour around the University.
The University of Greenwich recognises the importance of sustainable development for future generations and that its decisions and actions affect society and the economy, as well as the environment and natural resources at local, national and global levels.
Staff Champions are the link between the Sustainability Team and the rest of the University. They will feed information and best practice across the University to the various stakeholders, who will in turn feed back to the champions and the Sustainability Team.
promoting and communicating environmental and sustainable best practice across your department Identifying and assessing opportunities to reduce the environmental impact of your office / department Keeping track of everything that you / we have done - Monitoring and reporting on sustainability performance against agreed University targets Identifying where training may be needed to assist you and your colleagues to ensure environmental best practice Drawing up of local codes of practice – you will develop the rules and guidelines for behaving in an environmentally friendly way in your office / department
First drop-in workshops are from 12:00 – 2:00 pm as follows: Medway 17 th November: Blake 055 Greenwich 18 th November: Queen Mary 159 Avery Hill 21 st November: Seacole 310
Focused on behaviour change. Should be able to reduce Carbon Emissions by 5-10% through behaviour change. Neil Garrod to be supporting the champions. Vice Chancellor’s office is also competing in the Green Impact scheme. Trialled at Bristol 2 years ago – success, last year a further 21 universities signed up and this year there are more than 30.
So many firsts for the University: Green Week Carbon Management Plan Fairtrade Accreditation (and Policy) Sustainable Food Policy Good Egg Award & Good Food on the Public Plate Award Sustainability Champions Network Biodiversity Group (and Policy) Sustainable Procurement Policy Executive LUEG Membership End-of-Term Re-Use Scheme Bronze EcoCampus Green Cleaning products
Departments will be audited at the end of March / early April and then the Green Impact awards ceremony will be held at the end of May. - Can only achieve them in order i.e. Bronze must be achieved before you will be awarded the silver award. Outstanding contribution to sustainability Best environmental idea
There are lots of different ways of communicating Sustainability. Some work well for different people.
Sell the Sizzle. What sells? The Sausage - Reconstituted meat stuffed tightly into intestines? The Sizzle – The sound of the sausage in the pan, the smell of the meat as it is cooking, the juices and the flavours from eating. What Sells? Climate Heaven – A world where the wind, sun and water supply our energy, there is no pollution, good healthy food and clean water in abundance, no landfill sites, no missing the girlfriend / boyfriend / husband / wife / kids while on business travel because you can do it through videophone? A printer where everything is double sided by default, that also scans and copies, that is a social point in the office? Climate Hell – Rising sea levels, no more oil and therefore energy, electricity, warmth, no clean water, expensive bland food..... Etc. Martin Luther King Jr. – When faced with a nightmare, created a vision of a dream!
Time short? Diff groups do diff questions. What are the best ways for communicating within your department? Can you ask for a slot on your Departmental Management meetings? Can you do a monthly departmental email to keep everyone updated? Will you need a team to help you complete the tasks? Will your team be everyone in the department, a couple of colleagues, include students as well? How would you communicate the sustainability message to your line manager? How would you communicate the message to your director of resources / finance? How would you persuade an unenthusiastic friend / colleague to make a positive change?
BIGGER, GREENER.... But with a smaller footprint GREEN IMPACT II: The Sequel
Sustainability at the University of Greenwich (Kat Thorne)
Sustainability Quiz (David Young)
The Staff Sustainability Champions network (John Bailey)
Green Impact national perspective (Charlotte Taylor)
Sustainability Vision (Neil Garrod)
Hadlow College (Sue Brimlow)
LUNCH – With talk from ABM Catering
Afternoon training session 1 – 4pm
1 st Workshop Session
2 nd Workshop Session
What is Sustainability anyway? “ Development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (The Brundtland Commission 1987). “ The concept of living within our limits” “ Sustainability is not just about cleaning up your own room, it’s about keeping tidy an even bigger room that belongs to everyone” “ The Circular Economy” http://www.youtube.com/user/made2bemadeagain
We only have One Planet If everyone in the world lived like we do in the UK... We would need three planets!
The global population is increasing 7 billion today, predicted to be nearly 9 billion by 2025. Global Population Population Growth from year 0 to 2000. Source: US Census Bureau Projected Global population growth. Source UN World Population Prospects, 2004
13 Years Left: If the world continues to consume at the current rate 4 Years Left: If the world consumes at half the rate of the USA Source: University of Ausburg, Yale University
Population vs. Resources "An extra child born today in the United States, would, down the generations, produce an eventual carbon footprint seven times that of an extra child in China, 55 times that of an Indian child or 86 times that of a Nigerian child." Paul Murtaugh of Oregon State University
Create a SMART action plan for implementing the relevant Green Impact tasks in one of your departments/schools (20 mins)
Present your plan in no more than 2 mins to the rest of the group
What is a SMART action plan? S – Be Specific about what you will achieve. M – Ensure your result will be Measurable and have clear outcomes. A – Make sure you have Achievable and Appropriate targets. R – It must be Realistic think of time, ability and resources. T – Make sure it is Time restricted. When will you achieve your goals?
1 st Session: Getting started with Bronze – Charlotte Taylor Getting started with Silver – Anna Radley Communicating sustainability (to your colleagues, students and senior managers) – John Bailey 2 nd Session: Communicating sustainability (to your colleagues, students and senior managers) – John Bailey IT & Printing solutions – Jaswant Singh Reducing waste and re-using office materials – Mary McCartney