Greener living at Edge Hill

Find out what Edge Hill University is doing to protect the environment in double-click time by visiting a brand new section on the website.

Sustainability has always been at the heart of University life – not just in the role we play in creating sustainable communities through the provision of vital qualified public service staff such as teachers and nurses but also as a major employer and consumer of resources.

The University is committed to improving the environment to benefit staff, students and the local community and is involved in a number of initiatives to promote greener living.

To complement this work, a new web zone has been launched which highlights projects around greener travel, recycling, energy efficiency measures and Fairtrade. The pages also give advice to help departments and households be kinder to the environment.

Julia Dickinson, the University’s Environment and Safety Coordinator, said: “Our environment is the future of our world and it’s important that we look after it. We have been providing higher education for 125 years and we take great pride in ensuring that everything we do is sustainable and environmentally friendly. From our buildings and new facilities, to the way we manage the impact of travel, we are constantly looking at both technical fixes and behaviour change initiatives that help reduce our carbon footprint. The new web pages have been developed to highlight the positive work we are doing and to get people on board to ensure that we all adopt greener lifestyles.”

For example, as Edge Hill is one of the largest employers in the local area, a Travel Plan has been developed to reduce congestion and to promote alternative forms of transport.

The University has been accepted onto the Carbon Trust Higher Education Carbon Management Programme 2010 and is putting plans in place to reduce its carbon footprint.

Staff volunteers are also being recruited to develop a network of Sustainability Champions across the University to ensure that their departments become greener.

To find out what else Edge Hill is doing to encourage greener living, visit the new section of the website at edgehill.ac.uk/sustainability. For enquiries, you can also email the team at sustainability@edgehill.ac.uk.