Despite the unprecedented circumstances of the pandemic, the University of Bolton continues to recognise the environmental impacts resulting from its activities and acknowledges its ability to develop and implement an environmentally sustainable policy, strategy and plan to deliver measurable improvements. With a view to influence the environmental agenda wider than the community on-campus, the University holds a transformational role driving positive impact and empowering individuals and communities through knowledge creation and dissemination.

The biggest impact to date is the reformed Environmental Sustainability Committee comprising of both academic and service leaders striving to actively develop the culture of the organisation and raise awareness and understanding of environmental sustainability. The committee has met under a revised membership and terms of reference and a 12-month action plan has been agreed to focus on two thematic areas of activity: student engagement and estates-related activities. The progression of this work will result in a major step forward for the University. 

Key members of the committee are: Caroline Cowburn (Assistant Vice-Chancellor), Carl Hosker (Director of Strategic Property Projects), Derek Rout (Director of Facilities), Dr Claire Aindow (Associate Dean – Off-Campus Division), Reena Bhogal-Welsh (Director without portfolio) Dr Ann Kolodziejski (Senior Lecturer), Dr Lisa Cove (Head of Standards & Enhancement), Beverley Knights (Director of Student Services & Experience), Chris McClelland (Executive Director of HR) and Candace Flatley (Kickstart Associate, Facilities).

During the course of the last academic year, the Environmental Sustainability agenda has had impact in the following areas:

The Culture of Environmental Sustainability, Energy and Carbon Emissions, Staff and Student Engagement, Community Partnerships, Waste and Resource Management, Sustainable Procurement, Ethical Investment and Biodiversity and Environment Management. 

Carl and Derek have worked tirelessly to ensure that the foundations for the Environmental Sustainability agenda could be cemented across the site and facilities of the University. A huge success for the team was the LED lighting in T2, T3 and Z Block; ensuring a rolling programme could be established to adapt the current lighting across the campus. The carbon savings from this project is 160 metric tonnes, equivalent to lighting 43 homes. 

Well done Team Facilities, you have spotlighted how we can all make a positive difference to our campus.

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