Sustainable Consultations

We strive to make significant improvements in all areas where we have an impact or influence. As an academic establishment we apply sustainability in our teaching and research. We seek to develop students capable of creating the solutions our future needs and producing research that will deliver benefits balancing social, economic and environmental needs.  All of our policies, plans and reports can be located on our main website.

This page illustrates how we enable all stakeholders to apply our Sustainability Policy and also our Strategic Approach (below) to applying sustainability at Greenwich.

Sustainability Policy Consultation now closed for your input.

If you have an email address then you can complete the online consultation of the policy (deadline 31st December 2018) if you would like to complete a Word document email for a copy.

Note consultation on the new UoG Sustainability Strategy will begin summer 2021.

The policy version below provides examples of how staff can help us meet our policy expectations: (note if policy is not showing try using a non IE browser).

The policy version below provides examples of how students can help us meet our policy expectations:

We provide a consultation process open to all stakeholders to feed into and update the policy. An example of the process in 2015 is included here, and the core questions and prompts used in the consultation workshops are included here.  Once drafted, the Policy is updated and reviewed and agreed by the Sustainability Management Board, before submission for review, agreement by the Vice Chancellors Group and sign off by the Vice Chancellor.

Our Strategic Approach

Our principle foundations for delivering sustainability are set out by our Sustainability Policy.  As can be seen in how we enable and engage our Sustainability Management Board (SMB) (which is represented by those with responsibility for all policy areas) we use frameworks that deliver the strategy through the ‘lens’ of our policy that has consulted upon by all university stakeholders and signed off by the Vice Chancellor.  The SMB provides the forum for setting strategic direction, reporting of progress and a level of governance to enable decision to be made collectively.

Our Sustainability Matrix provides a visual approach. The Strategic Sustainability Management Framework provides a means for each impact area representative to have a clear understanding of their roles in:

  • Meeting their own Sustainability Policy objectives and those of their colleagues representing other sustainability areas
  • Ensuring their own impact/opportunity areas have policies in place and are being met
  • Recognising the relationships to other areas that provide valuable collaborations to collectively reduce impacts
  • Setting out where the impact area can support the corporate KPIs
  • Setting out the benchmark/s for targets to be assessed against
  • Reporting targets
  • Ensuring progress is audited against the Sustainability (Environmental) Management System
  • Identifying and complying with legal requirements for their areas, and,
  • Highlighting the governance systems and requirements in place such as reports and steering groups.

This document provides the overview of the strategic approach. Each impact/opportunity area has its own reporting document with containing more detail that feeds into this overview which helps with the management and reporting processes, that is not available on the website and is used internally. The amount of information we have and the detail it includes makes its complete reporting a challenge in terms of consolidating it and reporting it in a means useful to the myriad of stakeholders we engage with.

All staff and students are responsible for helping deliver sustainability in their day to day actions and in other applications in their work. If you need support to assist you please review other pages in this site or contact the Sustainability Team.

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