How we are working towards a greener University
We work closely with key services and project management teams to provide outstanding facilities and help deliver continual improvement within the concept of a 'sustainable university'.
Our initiatives are designed to either enhance engagement with sustainable living through awareness raising or directly making improvements by reducing our carbon and ecological footprints.
Our work ranges from visible campus activity through to discreet infrastructure improvements, here are just a few of the ways the University is going green:
- Implementing various recycling facilities throughout our campuses
- Participating in the Citybike scheme
- Improving sustainable water and heating infrastructure including:
- Rainwater harvesting at the Byrom Street site
- Solar thermal heat collectors at the Redmonds Building
- Green roof implementation at the John Lennon Art and Design Building
- Engaging students at welcome events and organising the Go Green Week sustainability event
- Supporting sustainable food initiatives
- Reviewing and improving cycle storage across the campuses
Liverpool John Moores University has recently established an Environment and Sustainability Panel that is required to meet environmental KPIs and report these to the Board of Governors each year. It meets quarterly and is chaired by the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Finance Director. The Panel's goal is to support LJMU's strategic aim to be 'a university aware of its civic, social and environmental responsibilities and which discharges these with vigour, enthusiasm and effect'.
In our continued approach to fulfilling our civic roles and partnerships we participate in numerous sustainability forums and groups:
- Liverpool Knowledge Quarter Sustainability Network: LJMU co-founded the Network which incorporates a range of sub-partnerships
- Merseytravel Employer's Network Forum: LJMU is a member of the Forum
- Liverpool Cycle Forum: LJMU is a member of the Forum
- Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC): LJMU is a member of the Association
- North West EAUC Group: LJMU is a member of the Group and plays a support role
- Liverpool Mayoral Commission on Environmental Sustainability: LJMU Vice Chancellor is the chair of the Commission; we have participated in stakeholder research
- Liverpool Food People: we work closely with the Sustainable Food Cities Coordinator for Liverpool who is a co-founder of the Knowledge Quarter Sustainability Network
- Gather Liverpool: organisation overseen by Liverpool Chamber of Commerce
Accreditations and future plans
In 2013 LJMU was awarded a Silver accreditation under the widely recognised EcoCampus Environmental Management System (EMS). EMS provides a framework through which to monitor and embed best practice in sustainable and environmental performance. We are currently reviewing our performance for the Bronze and Silver awards to reaccredit this year. Longer term we are striving towards a Gold and ultimately Platinum accreditation which is equivalent to the ISO14001, an internationally-recognised benchmark for environmental performance.
In addition, we've previously received both first class and 2:1 awards in the People & Planet University League. Awarded annually, the People & Planet’s University League is an independent league table of UK universities ranked by environmental and ethical performance.
We have had two consecutive entries to the UI Green Metric – a world ranking of all participating universities based on their environmental and sustainability progress. LJMU entered in October 2015 out of 21 UK-based universities. We placed 15th out of the UK-based universities and 168th out of 407 total universities across the world.
Through our participation in the Sustainable Fish Cities campaign we are committed to serving sustainable fish in our 'Eat' outlets as well as through our hospitality and fine dining events.
LJMU is also proud to be a Fairtrade institution. We are committed to supporting, promoting and using Fairtrade goods. Find out more about this accreditation on the intranet (login required).