Our college is a sustainable community.
Actions and activities taken on by the college range from
resource efficiencies to the development of courses geared to the
skills needs of environmental industries.
Over five years the College Management Team has worked with
students, staff and stakeholders to make sustainability core to
Warwickshire College. We have already achieved significant
improvements to our environmental performance.
With our six centres we have recognised we have a long and
journey towards sustainability, so there are
four strands to our approach.
- Exposing students to 'sustainability' through the curriculum
and embedding sustainability in the college culture.
- Make sustainability key in management decisions.
- Improve environmental performance and develop our resource
- Work with the wider communities to help our sustainable
The Planet Mark
As part of our commitment to improving our sustainability
performance, we have achieved The Planet Mark. The students at
Warwickshire College Group are now engaged in a programme to
measure, report and reduce its environmental, social and related
TES FE Awards 2011
Warwickshire College Group was presented with this national
award for 'Outstanding Practice in Sustainability'.
Green Gown Awards
We have won two Green Gown awards - which recognise exceptional
initiatives by higher and further education institutions to become
Making sustainability key in management decisions
We are working to Improve environmental performance and
developing our resource efficiency, while working with wider
communities to help secure our sustainable futures.
Key actions include:
- Establishing a College Sustainability Group
- Curriculum enrichment with new courses having sustainability at
- A curriculum audit and evaluation, and sharing best
- Theme weeks to raise awareness of sustainability
- Installation of biomass boilers and solar thermal water
- A new recycling strategy as part of a waste management
- Development of renewable energy systems, which will provide
teaching tools and case studies for demonstration.
- Reduced paper consumption through web-based course information
and duplex printing
- Working with the wider community on sustainability
Next steps on our journey include:
- Establishing a short-rotation coppice willow to fuel biomass
boilers (including our own)
- Anaerobic digestion plant to be installed to utilise waste from
intensive dairy herd
- Further developing the curriculum offer to meet the need for
training in green technology.
Some of the sustainability initiatives undertaken and
their results to date:
We have built a Power Academy at the new Rugby centre to focus on
A 20% reduction in the costs for the purchase of paper up until
April 2009 compared to the previous year’s costs. It is clear
from the data from reprographics that more than half of the 20%
saving can be attributed to duplex printing as standard, increased
use of the Virtual Learning Environment, and the use of email to
A more efficient waste management strategy has been
A 20% reduction in general waste collections over the last two
Recycling at each centre is centrally co-ordinated and currently
12.5% of our total waste across all six centres being
recycled. For 08/09 this figure is expected to increase to
25% following the introduction of a new recycling scheme.
Installation of a 220kW wood chip boiler to upgrade the
glasshouse resource for horticulture at the Pershore centre
effectively reduces carbon emissions saving 738 tonnes of carbon
per annum. A 150kW wood chip boiler was installed at the
Moreton Morrell centre to heat residential areas which generates
savings of 94 tonnes of carbon per annum.
Fair trade and consideration of food miles in refectories at
each site. For example all tea, coffee and hot chocolate served
either over the counter or via vending machines is fair trade. Meat
is purchased from a local butcher who supplies meat sourced within
Sustainable drainage and water management systems have
proved successful at two centres.
Water from the roof of the learning resource centre at Pershore
is directed to two reservoirs for use as irrigation for the
horticulture areas providing a saving of 480m3 from the mains
Storm water has been redirected to a holding reservoir at
Moreton Morrell, which has been designed to improve the variety of
habitat types and increase biodiversity at the campus.
Energy monitoring and management systems. Initiatives to
upgrade the horticultural facilities at Pershore and other
initiative such as 95% of the college lighting uses low energy
bulbs enable us to predict a fall in kW hour per full time student
Renewable energies incorporated into new build
projects. For example, solar thermal panels have been
installed into the new residences at the Leamington centre,
providing a saving of 113,000 kW per year which equates to a saving
of 22.5 tonnes of carbon every year.
Sustainability ‘built in’ to Rugby’s new college
Rugby’s new building houses around £800,000 worth of sustainable
- Heat recovery ventilation systems
- Night time cooling
- Solar water heating
- Photovoltaic panels
- Ground source heating
- Wind turbine
- Under-floor heating
- Condensing boilers
- Inverter driven motors and pumps
- Supply of heating and hot water matched perfectly to
- Water saving/control measures
- Solar gain protection - external shading
- High efficiency lighting equipment & lamp sources
- Automatic internal and external lighting controls
- Power factor correction of electrical systems.
We are doing better than current legislation
If we just complied with current legislation, we would save 541
tonnes of CO2 per annum. In fact, our building has been
designed to save 615 tonnes of CO2 per annum.
The CO2 emission for the design building is 37.31kg CO2/m²
compared to 59.47kg CO2/m² for a notional building (an improvement
of 37.26% on a typical building).