Two groups established to monitor waste management. Waste steering group meets monthly, waste working group bi-monthly
Campaigns promoting material re-use and waste prevention to be undertaken.
Telford Court waste in figures
August 2008 - 1.149 tonnes waste produced, 0.285 tonnes recycled, 25% compared with University’s 52%
September 2008 - 2.9195 tonnes waste produced, 0.4575 tonnes recycled, 16% compared with University’s 71%
October 2008 - 4.5525 tonnes waste produced, 0.6675 tonnes recycled, 15% compared with university’s 68%
Study Area - Telford Court
Telford Court Student Accommodation, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane Campus
Older of the two main University Campuses
Built in 1994, contains 82 6 bedroom flats and 2 3 bedroom flats.
498 students living in Telford Court each academic year
Situated close to Student Union and Lecture halls
Map of Telford Court. Bateman. pers. Comm..
Carry out Environmental Review of Telford Court
Assess University’s Environmental Policy
Consider issues such as waste management, water and electricity uses, noise pollution, chemical use etc.
Review Policies, Laws and Guidance
Information/Data Collected through observation,
monitoring and speaking to people in charge of Telford
Previous studies have looked at lecture halls, students attitudes towards recycling (Kelly et al, 2006) and emissions from student travel (Rory et al, 2008).
Little work on student accommodation
Compare policy aims with reality
Develop Environmental checklist to help with observations
Gather information from the University Environment team regarding practices at Telford Court
Carry out an Environmental review site visit
Meet with the energy manager for Telford court
Shriberg (2000) suggests a 5 step approach, used with his study at the University of Michigan
Step 1. Survey the environmental impact
Step 2. Analyse current environmental initiatives
Step 3. Propose a long-term sustainability vision
Step 4. Recommend actions to move towards the vision
Step 5. Suggest indicators of success or failure
Environmental Checklist Questions.
Recycling - Types of waste recycled, techniques, amount etc.
Water usage in and outside of flats - Type, amount etc
Transport - Cars, bicycles, motorbikes etc
Chemical waste in and outside of flats - Types, amount, treatment etc
Litter - Amount, Ttypes etc
Waste management - Techniques, type of waste, amount etc
Environmental Checklist Continued
Noise pollution - Amount, sources etc
Electricity usage - Amount etc.
Meeting with University Energy Manager
Find out who is responsible for each of the management
issues at Telford Court
Find out about how energy use etc is monitored
Possible implications for other areas of the University, other Universities, organizations which have a large number of people living in close proximity
Cause organizations to review their Environmental policies
Environmental Reviews are generally found to increase an organization’s environmental awareness and to encourage them to be more environmentally friendly (Sinclair-Desgagn & Gabel, 1996).
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