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 EAUC-Scotland
 Campus Sustainability Programme
 21 November 2007
OC wanted to recycle more and ultimately reduce the
       number of 1200litre bins from 4 to 3
    What was done
   Set up working group
   Senior management support
   Engaged with CaSPr
   Envirowise audit
   Meetings with local authority
   Proposal to management
    group
   Staff workshops
   Developed posters with SWAG
   Implemented recycling (staff
    and students)
Issues
   Using the right bins
   Locating bins based on use
   Lack of time to invest in
    project
   Local authority procedures –
    changes to cleaning contract
   Lack of money
   Lack of time to attend events
   Majority of events not
    relevant to small rural
    colleges
Lessons learned
   Important to engage with
    staff as early as possible


   People have been more
    supportive than
    anticipated – particularly
    as staff and students have
    to take material to central
    collection points
Other Institutions
Shetland FE College and Fisheries College have had a environmental/waste
audit undertaken by the Council and the SIC have delivered CIWM training.

Elmwood College have been composting for 15 years, diverting 8 skips
(£800) from landfill per year. This excludes savings from buying in compost.

Moray College are investigating the potential for large-scale in-vessel
composting to reduce the amount of compostable material disposed of to
landfill and provide them with compost to use around the college.

University of St Andrews set up a compulsory recycling scheme for all
staff and students in all buildings. They achieved savings of £100 per annum
and diverted 22% (1137 tonnes) of waste from landfill in first year.

The University of Aberdeen diverted 6 tonnes of furniture waste from landfill
by working with Creative Waste Exchange

The University of Edinburgh uses a private contractor to collect mixed
material for recycling.
A Sustainable College
Ref   A sustainable college should be…

1     Reducing, re-using and recycling wherever possible
2     Generating their own alternative energy – renewable, bio-fuel, biomass etc
3     Energy efficient - lights on until 10pm every night. Maintenance
4     Including environmental and social issues in purchasing decisions (products and
           services)
5     Using alternative fuel sources for fleet vehicles such as Bio-diesel
6     Changing working hours to reduce travel (e.g. work from home/flexible working
         hours)
7     Composting
8     Providing education on sustainable development for business
9     Purchasing as much green energy from their electricity supplier as possible
10    Using resources as efficiently as possible – only using what is needed
11    Educating staff, students and community on individual responsibilities associated
      with reducing environmental impact and encouraging sustainable development
A sustainable college continued…
   Research into sustainable technologies
   Incorporating Sustainable development in
    corporate strategy
   Monitoring and reporting on performance -
    management systems
   Supporting communities in developing countries
   Challenging different perspectives
   Incorporating environmental and social costs in
    financial planning
   Reducing environmental footprint / impact
   Sustainable design and construction
   Biodiversity
   More use of video conferencing
    Next steps
   Refer to EAUC waste management guide
    (www.eaucwasteguide.org.uk)
   Identify responsibilities for waste within institution
   Establish costs and consumption levels for waste
   Establish any waste minimisation projects being
    undertaken
   Contact CaSPr Programme managers for advice or
    strategic partners
    Participate in the Sustainability Baseline Review
   Sign up for future CaSPr events

				
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