Sustainable Development Policy

The College recognises that Climate Change represents the largest single threat facing humankind over the next century. In light of this we commit our institution to the Scottish Principal’s Climate Change Commitment and have dedicated a programme of continual improvement in order to minimise our carbon footprint in line with agreed targets. We undertake to contribute to Sustainable Development, locally, regionally and nationally.

This will be achieved by: compliance with all regulatory and legal requirements; through continued compliance with ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems; through voluntary initiatives to promote sustainable development and; by the setting of specific environmental objectives annually. A copy of these objectives, and all other system documentation that underpins this policy, is available in the College Library. 

To comply with our Sustainable Development Policy the College will:

  1. Devise and implement a carbon management strategy covering all aspects of College activity - building on what we have already achieved.
  2. Continue to invest in improving energy efficiency and energy conservation
  3. Strive to reduce the release of emissions and pollutants.
  4. Collaborate with others and share good practice with third party organisations.
  5. Promote and enhance biodiversity locally, regionally and nationally.
  6. Seek to conserve natural resources through efficient use, careful planning and the use of re-cycled materials. 
  7. Observe all relevant environmental standards, for example BREAM Excellent, when commissioning capital projects.
  8. Seek suppliers and contractors who have proven environmental high performance standards and who demonstrate a clear commitment to sustainable development.
  9. Control the creation of waste and, wherever practicable, recycle materials and dispose of all waste in a safe and responsible manner.
  10. Assess all new processes and procedures for environmental impact before introduction.
  11. Embed the principles of sustainable development into all of our teaching and learning provision in order to address the future needs of staff, students and the community.
  12. Help raise public awareness on environmental issues.

Jim Crooks - College Principal
October 2008

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