Edge Hill University, well known for its green, stunning campus, is celebrating World Facilities Management Day (13th May) by thanking staff for their hard work all year round.
The theme for this year is ‘celebrating our environment’, and the University is proud to support this by demonstrating its commitment to sustainability and protecting the natural world.
In keeping with the theme, Edge Hill is also taking the opportunity to recognise the achievements of Sustainability Manager Pam Brandwood, who is retiring after 11 years at Edge Hill.
“In 2009 I came to Edge Hill and although my main focus was energy and water, I became heavily involved in the wider sustainability activities.
“Over the last 10 years I have gained a broader knowledge of the impact of humans on the planet, the life it sustains and the great inequalities among people. The fact that everything that every one of us does has an impact, and it has changed the way I live my life. I brought this philosophy to Edge Hill and have helped to make the University more sustainable and environmentally friendly. I’m really proud of what I have achieved.”
Pam and the Sustainability team, working with colleagues in Facilities Management (FM), have introduced many initiatives to support a greener campus, including:
- Edge Hill being the first university to attain a Green Kitchen Award from the Carbon Trust
- 100% renewal electricity purchased from October 2019 to September 2020
- Working with schools and local community groups to promote sustainability activities
- Introducing a United Nations Sustainable Development Goals blog with Faculty of Education
- Re-launching the Bike User Group
- Working with the Student Union on recycling initiatives such as the Student Reuse Scheme and the Big Student Clear-out
- Successfully achieving Fairtrade accreditation since 2011
Facilities Management at Edge Hill is the largest support department at the University, employing over 320 members of staff across 12 defined service areas. Together they maintain the 160-acre campus keeping it safe, secure, sustainable, maintained, clean and tidy for the thousands of students, staff and visitors who enjoy the campus.
Many FM staff are classed as key workers and are still going into work to carry out essential services such as grounds maintenance, deliveries, security patrols and cleaning.
The Edge Hill University community has expressed it gratitude for everything FM staff do to keep the university running, safe and clean.
Adrian McGillion, Director for Facilities Management said:
“World FM Day provides the opportunity for colleagues to reflect on the excellent work that they do throughout the year maintaining a beautiful campus for the enjoyment of all and creating a safe and vibrant place to study.
“I am very fortunate to lead such a dedicated and committed team of colleagues who are passionate about ensuring that they have a positive impact on our students’ experiences whilst studying at Edge Hill.
“Pam has been a real ambassador and champion for ensuring that the sustainability agenda is at the heart of everything we do. We will be sorry to lose such a valued colleague, and I’m sure that Pam will continue to be a real ambassador and champion for the environment even in her retirement!”
Find out more about what the key workers in the FM team are doing to help during the Covid-19 pandemic – www.edgehill.ac.uk/news/2020/04/meet-the-key-workers-keeping-edge-hill-running-during-the-covid-19-crisis/