What does your university do to be more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY?

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What does your university do to be more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY?
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University of York

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BA Social and Political Sciences - 1st Year

What does your university do to be more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY?
University of York
has a Sustainability Strategy published in November 2012 which sets out the university's plans to become more environmentally friendly.

The university has pledged to do the following:
1) Embed sustainability in the institutional culture: promote sustainable working and living practices and make sustainability core to our structures, governance, decision-making and operational processes.
2) Create and disseminate understanding of sustainability: lead in generating the knowledge to enhance sustainability in society and embed sustainability in the curriculum and professional development provided to the university community.
3) Achieve widespread recognition for best practice and innovation in sustainability: be recognised as an exemplar of good practice in sustainability.
4) Enhance biodiversity and minimise our environmental footprint: be more effective in our use of resources and make large reductions in use of natural resources, in carbon emissions and waste production.

Other environmental developments:
1) Carbon management plan: targets set above HEFCE requirements
2) Waste management: increasing recycling rates (already achieved zero to landfill from main bins)
3) Sustainable travel incentives: reduction in car use against an increase in staff and student numbers. Students and staff can easily access both Campus East and West via a frequent public transport service or by cycling around the campuses.
4) Green initiatives: e.g. York Print Plus reduction in personal printers and introduction of 100% recycled paper
5) Catering contracts: use of local produce and seasonal foods
6) Staff and student promotions: including Student Switch Off campaign in Colleges and Green Impact teams within departments and Student groups and societies
7) Sustainable development: Minimum BREEAM Very Good status for new buildings on campus
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They don't bother giving out proper contracts, thus saving on paper :laugh:
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There is a green league table for unis: https://peopleandplanet.org/university-league

New unis doing well, which I guess is easy when your buildings are built from brand new materials which insulate, made possible by your uni being about 3 weeks old.
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(Original post by CoffeeAndPolitics)
I echo the above and agree that the quality of advice given by most careers advisors at schools aren't what people necessarily expect.
Most schools don't even pay for trained careers advisers to interview A level students anymore, a nominated teacher will normally give UCAS advice, along with being a PE teacher or whatever. Budgets in schools have been cut so much that careers advisers are now mainly employed to work with those young people most in danger of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training) - I've heard it said that A level students don't need careers advice because they "should be smart enough to find out the answers themselves".

That's one reason why TSR has become so popular, it's accessible to everyone
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Keele University does a lot of marketing on how sustainable it is, and the ethos of the community there really is caring about the environment. There is more to be done but it's fairly good for environment stuff. It's ranked 18th on the list linked to above.
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