Introduction

The College's scheme to reduce its carbon footprint 20% by 2016 received a helping hand from several big businesses.

We have been sponsored by DMA Maintenance, Kent Catering Services, Right Guard Security, Protec, Coombs and Elite Elevators Ltd. This allowed us to buy 6 compost bins for food waste, and 5 water butts to conserve water use.

They are the latest additions to the College's Carbon Management Plan, which already includes using energy-saving computers, lights and other electrical devices which turn off when not in use.

The College composts its own food waste, hair cuttings, sawdust, and leaves. Land-Based Studies students have made 40 nest boxes to encourage bats and birds to live in the College trees, and vegetation has been allowed to grow in certain areas of the Canterbury campus to encourage plants to thrive and provide a home for endangered insects.

What we have done

  • Formed an Environmental Committee
  • Worked with the Carbon Trust to produce a Carbon Reduction Plan
  • Put a Sustainability Policy in place
  • Put an Energy Strategy in place
  • Put an Energy and Water Management Policy in place
  • Looked at feasibile ways of renewing energy
  • Installed combined heat and power plant (CHP) that powers A Block
  • Demolished old energy-inefficient buildings and moved out of old leased accommodation
  • Installed LED lighting to the music studios in G block and the LRC on Swale Campus
  • Put a Waste Strategy in place
  • Set up recycling bins around College
  • Started recycling plastic bottles, paper and drinks cans
  • Started baling and selling cardboard waste
  • Started recycling electrical and electronic waste
  • Started recycling glass, batteries, tyres, cooking fat, bricks and cartridges
  • Started sending cooked food waste to an anaerobic digester
  • Started shredding paper to make animal bedding for Land-Based Studies students
  • Use recycled paper for printing.

What we are doing

  • Reducing our carbon footprint by 20% over the next 5 years
  • Installing photovoltaic cells to the new H Block
  • Researching waterless urinals
  • Specialists are interrogating our utility bills to identify overcharges or savings
  • Implementing a College-wide Print Management System
  • Installing water butts to the Eco Garden next to G Block
  • Reconstructing a greenhouse and relocate the shed onto the Eco Garden
  • Build raised beds and improvements for wheelchair access to the Eco Garden
  • Applying for Salix grants for interest-free loans for largescale projects
  • Always looking at ways to improve the teaching and learning environment
  • Recyclable materials are being re-used for student work
  • Maintaining our soakaways to avoid possible flooding
  • Maintaining our petrol and oil interceptors to mitigate possible pollution
  • Pro-actively surveying our sinks and taps and fixing drips and leaks
  • Using a Harris hawk to deter gulls and other bird pests in order to reduce building and window cleaning bills and water consumption

What we aim to do

  • Install voltage optimisation to reduce electricity consumption
  • Install photovoltaic cells to generate more renewable energy
  • Update our lighting for more efficient technologies (including LEDs)
  • Build energy-efficient buildings that utilise natural ventilation and light
  • Set targets for electricity, gas, water consumption and recycling and paper printing
  • Produce a Parking Policy with the aim of increasing car shares and use of less-polluting private vehicles
  • Produce an annual program of awareness campaigns to improve housekeeping, e.g. switching appliances and lights off
  • Apply for the Carbon Trust Standard
  • Apply for the ISO 14001 Environmental Standard
  • Apply for the ISO 50000 Energy Standard
  • Become a member of the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges
  • Capture more rain water and grey water to flush the toilets
  • Use the goat to keep the grass trim rather than use the petrol mower
  • Create a sensual garden within the Memorial Garden by planting herbs such as mint, rosemary, thyme and lavender
  • Replace fleet vehicles with hybrid technology or electric-powered vehicles