The University is involved in a wide range of activities which incorporate sustainability principles
RAU retains international environmental accreditation
The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) is delighted to have retained its ISO14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) certification for a second year, showing our continued commitment to sustainability across all operations.
The EMS is a framework for managing environmental initiatives, which is independently audited to ensure it is working in practice. ISO14001 is the highest ranking for an EMS and is recognised globally. The University’s positive attitude and high staff and student engagement across the organisation was specifically recognised as best practice, which is a real achievement.
Pearl Costello, Environmental Officer at the RAU, said: “I’m so pleased our accomplishments have been acknowledged for a second year, and that our engagement strategy was recognised as being at the same level as some global organisations. We’re really excited to be developing a new sustainability strategy for 2017, which will push the RAU even further and deliver a sustainable future for our community and beyond.”
The RAU has seen significant progress with its sustainability strategy, with a 14% reduction in carbon in the last year alone. As well as technological advances, the whole community is involved; from students and staff taking part in the Green Impact behaviour change scheme, to academic staff integrating sustainability principles in all our courses.
In March 2016, the University was named the winner in the sustainability category at The Guardian University Awards 2016, which recognised ‘an outstanding initiative that creates and champions a more sustainable living and working environment in the university and beyond. The RAU’s award entry showcased how the University implemented its Environmental Action Plan, and embedded sustainability into the curriculum.