First consultation event on the Sustainability Charter occurs (with free ice cream!)

October 15 / 169

The first of three consultation events on the University’s draft Sustainability Charter took place on the South Lawn this week, where staff and students mingled with the Sustainability Executive to provide their feedback.

Earlier this year, through Growing Esteem 2015-2020, the University confirmed the development of a Sustainability Charter. The Sustainability Charter will be a framework for embedding social and environmental sustainability across all facets of University work. The final Sustainability Charter, due in March 2016, will be translated into metrics, targets and priority actions through the Sustainability Plan.

The Charter builds on the outstanding work of staff and students from across the University in achieving sustainability initiatives over the past decade, and from October to December the University is seeking feedback on the Charter.

Monday’s event under the sun on the South Lawn featured a drop in tent where the draft charter was displayed, along with an outline of the process.

The Sustainability team was also out and about with ipads (and free ice cream!) surveying staff and students on their thoughts on the charter, while students and staff also wrote their suggestions on bunting that ringed the tent.

Members of the Sustainability Executive, which is composed of staff and students, developed the draft charter, and were also at the event that lasted over two hours. 

“It’s very important to us that the whole University community is involved in this process because sustainability will affect us all,” said Sustainability Executive member Professor Rachel Webster. 

“We particularly want to see our students involved in sustainability discussions and we’re hoping the processes we set up will engage with not just staff but also students.”

A useful guide to the development process of the Charter has been created while further campus events planned include a consultation forum in November, and a BBQ in December. 

Feedback can be provided on the Sustainability website. Follow the Charter on Twitter - hashtag uomSCharter

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