Following last week’s audit the University of Westminster has achieved an Ecocampus Gold Award. Ecocampus is an externally verified environmental management scheme for the higher and further education sector. It allows institutions to gradually build up an accredited environmental management system in accordance with the internationally recognised ISO 14,001:2015 standard.
Since our last audit the requirements of the scheme have been significantly changed so we’ve been busy getting updating all our policies, plans and procedures, and this Gold certificate is our recognition. Next time we’ll be going for the Platinum standard, which is equivalent to ISO 14,001:2015 accreditation.
But why bother with an externally accredited environmental management system? At Westminster we all care about the planet and try our best to reduce our impact, so what do we need a system for?
Most universities, Westminster included, will tell you that environmental sustainability is a central value of the organisation. Having an accredited environmental management system ensures we go further than just stating our good intentions. It is a guarantee to our students, our neighbours, and ourselves that we practice what we preach. It is a robust structure to make sure we do our best to protect the environment and constantly strive to improve our performance.
If you would like to know more about Ecocampus or environmental management at the University of Westminster, please get in touch with the Environmental Sustainability team at firstname.lastname@example.org
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