Scotland’s Universities and Colleges have publically declared their intention to address the challenges of climate change and reduce their carbon footprints, by signing the Universities and Colleges Climate Commitment for Scotland (UCCCfS).
The UCCCfS is a collaboration between the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Government, Universities Scotland, Scotland’s Colleges, the Environmental Association for Universities and College Scotland and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Elmwood College Principal, Jim Crooks recently signed the agreement which
commits all Scottish Universities and Colleges to produce and publish a 5-year Climate Change Action Plan by January 2010. The plan aims to produce measurable targets on a range of activities including energy consumption, waste reduction, recycling, sustainable estate development, travel planning and responsible procurement of goods and services.
Jim Crooks said, “Elmwood College was proud to be a leader in Scotland’s College’s efforts to drive for sustainable development. This commitment to reduce our carbon footprint, builds on Elmwood’s excellent reputation as a leader in the field of environmental management within the education sector.”
In 1995 Elmwood College became the first educational establishment in Europe to achieve the environmental ISO14001. The certification scheme requires that the college examines all of its activities and assesses their environmental impact. It also encourages both staff and students to take on board the environmental principles embodied within the college, the golf course and the farm.
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary of Education and Lifelong learning, said of the UCCCfS, “ Scottish Ministers welcome this timely and proactive initiative by Scotland’s universities and college to tackle climate change. Delivering these commitments will lead to positive benefits, as well as raising the Scotland’s profile as a leading, learning nation, determined to make a positive contribution to one of the greatest global challenges.”