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Our Commitment to Sustainability

Our planet is our key priority

Sustainability is a key priority for Warrington & Vale Royal College. We are committed to raising awareness and the implementation of sustainable practices in all aspects of college life.

We are committed to continuously improving our sustainability approach, through the promotion of environmental awareness and responsibility, and embedding sustainability principles across the college. Sustainability leads are appointed within our governor and leadership teams to ensure that this remains a key focus.

Our Sustainability Committee meet on a regular basis to discuss cross-college activity, share ideas, consider current issues and the effects of our activities on, not just college, but all of our lives and futures.

We have a green campus where we maintain and monitor the trees/species that we share it with and take these into consideration in everything that we do.

George

Meet our Sustainability Officer, George Bate

George has studied at the college for four years now, joining us on a multi-skills course and working up to Level 3 Carpentry & Joinery. George, who has also been a member of the Student Council for two years, is an amateur wildlife photographer in his spare time and therefore truly values the importance of preserving nature and taking care of our planet - a view he shares with the college.

George feels as though the college is doing a lot to support sustainability and is very much looking forward to championing the students’ voice during the upcoming Green Week in 2023. Commenting on his exciting new role, George said: “I’m really looking forward to meeting new people, having conversations with them and learning as much as I can.”

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Our amazing ACL department have decided to offset carbon emissions by planting 10 new saplings via The National Trust!

At Warrington & Vale Royal College we are passionate about protecting the environment and proud to be helping conserve the natural world for future generations.

Find out more and plant your own tree here

Progress with all things sustainable in 2022 include:

  • Flexible working principles established for all staff
  • Working from home policy updated
  • Significant reduction in printed materials in line with digital strategy
  • All waste sent to Murf (Material recovery facility) for segregation on recycling as appropriate
  • Confidential waste sent for recycling under GDPR
  • Recycling of materials in construction trades
  • Scrap metal materials sold and monies reinvested
  • Fitted brise soleil and solar film to buildings to reduce the need for mechanised cooling systems
  • Localised timers on all point of use hot water boilers
  • Sensors on corridors, storerooms and staircases
  • Phased move to LED lighting throughout all campuses
  • New building management system (BMS) fitted in 2021. Both sites controlled centrally
  • Fitted non-concussive taps in all toilets and washroom areas
  • Wildlife area created onsite
  • Native fruit baring trees planted to attract wildlife
  • Fitted bird boxes onsite
  • Reduced opening hours at the Winsford campus. Condensed teaching week at Warrington campus.
Tree Planting Ceremony

On Wednesday 19th October, we took time to remember Colin Daniels, ex Chair of Governors and Craig Atherton, our HE Sports Lecturer - two valued, and very much missed, members of staff that sadly passed away in 2020 and in 2021.

We were joined by their families and colleagues as we planted trees in their memory at our Warrington campus – a place where they both made a huge difference to the success of the college.

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Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.” The SDGs were set up in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by the year 2030.

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