To prioritise our actions to maximise
and enhance sustainability among all members of the department
community and those we work with:
incorporating best practice in the management of our impacts – both personal
provision of information, instruction and training
the procurement of resources
partnerships and networks to share experience and knowledge of sustainability
and contributing to debate on sustainability issues.
a management framework that will promote and support sustainable development
and monitor and report on initiatives and progress.
Creating the conditions in which members of the
department can develop and contribute their own specialist knowledge of
sustainability to provide opportunities for meaningful engagement with the
issues, leading to increased motivation to participate and take action.
Working towards raising awareness and shared
ownership amongst all staff.
Our Seven Point Plan
The department commits itself to:
1. Communicate our policy and activities to staff, students and other
stakeholders (including suppliers) and to raise awareness amongst these
groups of what they can do to help implement and develop this policy
2. In collaboration with OU management,
comply fully, and where possible exceed, standards set in relevant UK, EU and
international regulatory requirements and agreements
3. Agree a departmental travel policy and
implement measures to encourage reduction of our carbon footprint through
prudent use of fossil fuels and to offset our transport impacts through UN
benchmarked carbon offsetting
4. Work with existing OU systems to reduce energy
consumption and waste created by us. Where
appropriate we will reuse and recycle before responsible disposal of surplus
materials; to use recycled and recyclable materials
5. Integrate principles of sustainability
within all our policies and practices, specifically to those relating to
procurement of goods and services
6. Avoid or limit wherever practical the use
of environmentally damaging substances, materials and processes
7. Develop a formalised sustainability
management system as a long term strategic goal. (Guided by BS8900)
Implementation of these seven points will require us to take an active role
in working with existing OU systems.
Taking responsibility for our activities
In our teaching we will integrate the latest sustainability
practice to challenge and inspire our students and ourselves.
In our research we will seek to embed best practice and
demonstrate this internally & externally to stakeholders.
In our workplace practices we will reduce pollution through
reduced waste, reduced energy use and emissions We will work with suppliers and contractors
to ensure responsible procurement of goods and services.