Each month, academic, professional services and student sustainability leaders come together to discuss the ongoing sustainability work across the University.
Each member of the Sustainability Delivery Group is responsible for organising, resourcing and delivering cross-cutting sustainability projects and embedding sustainable values throughout the institution. The breadth of departments represented allows the group to ensure a joined-up approach across the University.
In January, the group picked up work after the festive break. This included supporting an academic who was redesigning a module available to undergraduate and postgraduate Urban Planning students titled ‘The Environmental Challenge’. This rethinking was prompted by student feedback and the University’s recent announcement that it will be embedding Education for Sustainable Development into all its courses over the next five years.
The group also discussed a student enterprise programme which will be piloted in February. The enterprise programme will allow students to work in groups to create entrepreneurial programmes around a challenge question. Sustainability leads contributed ideas about a sustainability challenge question that students could design projects around.
The agenda then turned to the University’s flagship Green Impact programme, an NUS staff sustainability and behaviour change scheme that the University has promoted for over 10 years. Discussion focussed on ways in which the University can further support the scheme and provide continuity continuity from year to year.
Finally, the group discussed the timetable for its current energy procurement tender. The University is working with energy procurement consultants Inenco to look at renewable options for its half-hourly metered electricity supply. This is following the excellent work of the UoS Clean Energy Switch student lobbying group campaigning for a switch to the University’s electricity supply.