How are we doing?

People and Planet have announced which sustainable green areas they would like universities to excel within. Below you can find a snapshot of each area and links to find out more about how the university is performing

» Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 2016
» Human Resources
» Environmental Audits and Environmental Management Systems
» Ethical Investment
» Carbon Management
» Workers Rights
» Sustainable Food
» Staff and Student Engagement
» Education

Environmental Sustainability; Policy and Strategy 2016

Read our environmental policies and strategies below:

» Click here to read our Environmental Policy

» Click here to read our Environmental Sustainability Strategy

» Click here to read our Objectives and Targets for 2016/17

The Environmental Sustainability Strategy covers 2013 through until 2017; the Environmental Sustainability Team are looking to review and update this in late 2016, following the publication of the University’s new Strategic Plan and Estates Strategy.

Human Resources

The Environmental Committee meets once a quarter to discuss environmental and energy issues within the university and, how they can be addressed and overcome.

Committee members:

Chairperson – Prof Matthew Cragoe, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Head of College of Arts
Secretary – Anne Jolly, Secretariat Officer
Alison Wilmshurst, Energy Manager
Amy Gillard, Volunteer Worker
Dr Claire May, Senior Lecturer
Dan Clayton, Environment Sustainability Manager
Jane Kilby, Volunteering Manager
Dr Libby John, Head of School of Life Sciences
Roger Holloway, Head of Procurement
Sam Williams, Head of Strategy & Communications
Silvia Hanley, Equality & Engagement Officer
Tracey Turton, Energy & Environment Officer
Student Union Environmental Society representatives

We have three full time, dedicated members of staff who are committed to improving environmental sustainability within the university and reducing its energy consumption (details to the right). Each year the department is given a ‘Raising Awareness’ budget that can be spent on behaviour change initiatives, informative workshops and other items to support the department’s needs. The budget for 2016/17 has been confirmed and will be in line with the previous academic year.

Our staff engagement schemes can be found within the internal portal of the University of Lincoln. It includes opportunities to take part in sustainable events, apply to become eco-champions and download energy saving material to be shared amongst peers.

Environmental Audits & Environmental Management Systems

You can find details regarding our Environmental Management System strategy here.

Our Environmental Management System is reviewed annually as part of the Investors in the Environment accreditation programme. The latest Environmental Manual can be viewed here: IIE Environmental Manual

Managing Emissions & Discharges: LEV Audit

The University undertakes regular audits of its Local Extract Ventilation (LEV) systems in order to check what the systems are used for and the chemicals that are being extracted through the extract systems. This work is done as part of the compliance programme to meet the requirements of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (2002).

The LEV systems are audited annually by staff from the University of Lincoln. Additionally, an annual audit is conducted by an independent consultant.

Management of the systems includes the following documents:

» A register of LEV System Locations
» An example page from the LEV audit
» An example of an LEV Log book

Waste Management

The University receives monthly updates on waste volumes generated around the Campus. These are recorded and any discrepancies are investigated. Please find below our waste statistics for the Academic year of 2014/2015, we are currently working on the statistics for the most recent academic year.

We have four construction sites on campus, each of which have detailed site waste management plans. You can read a sample Waste Plan Survey from one of our construction sites here.

Carbon Management

Please click here to find the University of Lincoln’s Carbon Management plan. Further information can be found on our HESA EMR return.

Scope 3 emissions of carbon dioxide from the University’s activities are measured annually and are reported in our Environmental Manual.

Ethical Investment

The University has confirmed that they will not invest in fossil fuels and arms. Further details on ethical investment can be seen here.

» Ethical Investment Policy

The Ethical Investment Policy links closely with the University’s Code of Ethics, which also addresses environmental issues.

Workers Rights

We currently pay more than the Living Wage – but are not accredited. You can see sample grade scales on the University Current Vacancies page on the main website.

The University of Lincoln is proud to be a Fairtrade University

More information regarding our procurement strategy can be found on our CSR and EMS pages.

Sustainable Food

At the University of Lincoln we’re striving to incorporate sustainable food within its structure. We have edible gardens throughout the campus including apple trees and the eventual veggie patch, free drinking water available throughout the campus and we actively encourage our catering department to be more sustainable in their food procurement.

You can learn about our different initiatives here: Sustainable Food Guide.

We also work closely with the following SU societies who have a vested interest in sustainable food:

  • Vegetarian & Vegan Society
  • ABEAST Society – (Animal Behaviour & Ecology Appreciation Socie-T)
  • Environment Society

Quad Catering also ensure they have regular Meet Free Mondays as part of the weekly menu. They also ensure that there are daily vegetarian or vegan options on the menu.

Drinking water is available for free in all our catering outlets and drinking water fountains are available throughout the campus.

The University has a project to encourage students to grow their own food, learn more on our Edible Campus page

Staff and student engagement

The Environmental & Sustainability Strategy includes a section on Staff and Student Engagement (Page 21).

The University also has an institution wide Student Engagement Strategy.

As part of the induction process each new staff member at the University receives an email which includes information on sustainability.

Our social media and internal communication channels allow the Environmental Sustainability team to effectively engage with staff and students about projects, events and initiatives.

There are frequent opportunities for both staff and students to be involved in events. Highlights this year have been Dr Bike, Go Green week and the Environmental Film Season. We also offer a ‘Student Green Fund’ for students to spend on environment/sustainable projects. This money come from the teams Raising Awareness budget.

The Carbon Management Plan details further information on energy monitoring.

Education

The University is developing a new programme for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

As part of ISO50001 standard on Energy Management we are looking to implement bespoke sustainability training to members of staff. We are investigating different options and will ensure that each team has the most appropriate training for their area.

Over the last two years staff and students have also been invited to take part in the more informal learning environment: Carbon Conversations