On Wednesday July 20th The Whitworth Art Gallery was presented with a Bronze Award in the Green Impact Award Scheme.
Green Impact Universities: is an enviromental accreditation scheme with a competitive streak that helps and supports university departments to improve their environmental performance.
Green Impact The University of Manchester is run by the University of Manchester, The University of Manchester Students Union and the Enviromental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC).
The purpose of Green Impact is to reduce the environmental impacts of the University of Manchester by encouraging, rewarding and celebrating good practice within departments.
The scheme is based on a number of predetermined criteria, each relating to a practical action that will help make a department greener. As a minimum the participating departments are asked whether or not they are meeting the 20 bronze criteria needed. The criteria included points on reducing waste, reusing waste, recycling waste, electricity awareness, heating, travel, procurement, greening teams, action plans and communications. For each criteria implemented there is scope for the department to score higher on your green impact score and in future years this can be improved to potentially help towards a silver or gold award. The scheme is in fact part of a wider 2 year programme called Degrees Cooler which is run by the NUS and sponsored by Defra’s Greener Living Fund.Manchester University is one of 20 universities selected to take part in this flagship behaviour change programme and last year over 27,000 students and staff got involved in Degrees Cooler preventing 1275 tonnes of CO2 from being pumped into the atmosphere.The four main objectives that the programme aims to positively make an impact on are
- saving energy
- recycling more
- eating local sustainable food
- reducing flying
The next aim for the Whitworth is to achieve the Silver Standard which is a further 15 applicable silver criteria plus a 100 bonus points. Can we achieve this? Yes, we are confident we can, with a good team effort from the Whitworth’s enviromental champions. Watch this space!