Environmental Review of Telford Court
Introduction. Importance of Environmental Review. Save money on electricity and water bills Allows environmental policy to be reviewed and Influence how environmental performance is measured A University may have similar usage of resources as a
Medium sized city, University’s job is to educate people
Importance of Environmental Review Continued. University of Hertfordshire teaches 24,000 students and employs 2,500 members of staff Large impacts on local environment
Schemes to minimise impact include a zero waste programme.
University of Hertfordshire Environmental Policy Structured to follow legislation Implemented and monitored by regulators Drawn up using scientific evidence Aims to protect the local environment through a number of different methods. Environmental management system in place
Environmental team aim to teach staff and students
University draft waste and resource management strategy 1. (K. O’Brien, pers. Comm.) 6 year vision from 2008/9 to 2013/14, 90% waste recycled, 50% reduction in waste. Manage resources more sustainably, promote recycling, reuse and waste prevention, reduce costs, comply with legislation
Waste managed by department of estates working closely with the university environment team
University draft waste and resource management strategy 2. Principles of waste management strategy based on waste hierarchy, prevention more effective than treatment (Figure 1) Waste diverted from landfills to recycling Figure 1. Waste Hierarchy Figure 2. 3 phases of management strategy
3 phases, short term, medium term and long term (Figure 2)
Phases of Management Strategy Short term - Maximising recycling, new waste management system Medium term - Waste prevention and minimisation techniques Figure 3. Waste management targets Figure 4. Waste management performance in recent years
Long term - 100% waste diverted from landfills, reuse of materials and waste prevention
Monthly variations in waste Figure 5 - increases in waste production start of new term, during summer term, peak between June and July Figure 5. Amount of waste produced in tonnes per month for 2005/6, 2006/7, 2007/8 Figure 6. Graph comparing levels of recycling per month for 2005/6, 2006/7, 2007/8
Figure 6. Recycling 30% past 3 years, peak between June and August
University draft waste and resources management strategy 3. 2 year contract with waste management company, may extend to 4 years Waste sent to company, 35% recycled Three bin system in halls of residence, one for mixed recycables, one for glass, one for general waste Food collection initiative to be launched, textile recycling facilities in place
Records kept of movement of waste on site
University draft waste and resource management strategy 4. Waste transfer note accompanies non-hazardous waste, consignment note accompanies hazardous waste Investment in on site recycling facilities 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..
Aims. Carry out Environmental Review of Telford Court Assess University’s Environmental Policy Objectives 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
Rationale 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
Methodology 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
Methodology Continued 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 Meeting with University Energy Manager Electricity usage - Amount etc. Find out who is responsible for each of the management
Find out about how energy use etc is monitored
Wider Implications 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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