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 College Group. 

There are four key areas that we focus on as a group:

  1. Exposing students to 'sustainability' through the curriculum and embedding sustainability in the college culture
  2. Make sustainability key in management decisions.
  3. Improve environmental performance and develop our resource efficiency
  4. Work with the wider communities to help our sustainable futures

The Planet MarkThe 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 economic performance.


TES FE Awards 2011TES award

Warwickshire College Group was presented with this national award for 'Outstanding Practice in Sustainability' in 2011.


Green Gown AwardsGreen gown logo

We have won two Green Gown awards - which recognise exceptional initiatives by higher and further education institutions to become more sustainable. 


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 their centres
  • A curriculum audit and evaluation, and sharing best practice
  • Theme weeks to raise awareness of sustainability
  • Installation of biomass boilers and solar thermal water systems
  • A new recycling strategy as part of a waste management review
  • 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 renewable energy.


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 circulate minutes.


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 supplier.


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 in 08/09.


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.





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