Gold award for GCU eco-credentials

26 September 2013

GCU becomes the first Scottish University to receive the gold award

GCU becomes the first Scottish University to receive the gold award

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has become the first university in Scotland to be recognised with a prestigious gold EcoCampus award, marking the commitment of its students and staff to sustainable principles.

EcoCampus is a high profile environmental management system developed specifically for the higher education sector. GCU was the first Scottish university to join the scheme and attain bronze and then silver status. It will now work towards the top platinum status.

Where the bronze and silver awards recognise institutional commitment and the early implementation of procedures to manage environmental impacts, the gold award comes after an independent, third-part audit by NQA and recognises that these policies are now part of the way the University goes about its day-to-day business.

GCU joins the universities of Loughborough and Reading in the gold stage of the scheme.

Jan Hulme, University Secretary and Vice Principal Governance, who is Executive lead for EcoCampus at GCU, said: “EcoCampus demonstrates GCU’s determination to achieve our sustainability aspirations in a structured, systematic manner and transparent way.

“It demonstrates how seriously our students and staff take our environmental responsibilities and shows that we promote and live by sustainable principles in our daily work and study.

“The EcoCampus scheme is based on a cycle of continual improvement and we are working towards becoming the first university in Scotland to achieve the top platinum status.

“I would like to thank and congratulate those members of staff and students who have worked so hard to achieve this gold award.”

Since its launch in 2005, approximately 30 per cent of the UK higher education sector has committed to Eco Campus.

Alex Hobbins, EcoCampus Manager, said:

“GCU has come a long way since first joining the scheme and has now become the first university in Scotland to achieve the gold award. Now is the time for staff to build on the momentum as the University works to achieve the platinum status. The hardest part has already been achieved, however, with this gold award, and I’d like to offer my congratulations to staff and students.”