Our college is a sustainable community.
Actions and activities taken on by the group range from
resource efficiencies to the development of courses geared to the
skills needs of environmental industries.
The College Management Team works with students, staff
and stakeholders to make sustainability core to Warwickshire
There are four key areas that we focus on as a group:
- 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, WCG achieved The Planet Mark in 2015. 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' in 2011.
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
Sustainable drainage and water management systems have
proved successful at two colleges.
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.