What do we do?
- Coordinate and maintain UEL’s Environmental Management System (EMS) at an ISO 14,001:2004 certified level;
- Develop and implement environmental policies and plans, which give direction to the implementation and operation of environmental sustainability projects on campus;
- Monitor progress to ensure continuous improvement through our Environmental Management Review meetings with UEL's Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB).
Data and reporting: energy and carbon
- Ensure UEL complies with legislation, such as the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme, EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and HESA Estates Management Record (EMR);
- Collate and analyse UEL's utility cost, consumption and carbon emissions, and identify ways to reduce these;
- Improving our utility metering, so that we can monitor and measure results from energy-related initiatives and make recommendations for ongoing improvement;
- Receive financial incentives for UEL's renewable energy technologies, including the solar panels and biomass boiler;
- Aim to write an annual report that provides data on UEL's environmental performance; this includes an overview of external commitments and obligations.
Engagement and Communication
- Develop awareness and engagement campaigns for environmental issues, such as Green Impact;
- Publicise, promote and communicate UEL’s environmental sustainability-related efforts within and outside UEL.
Learning and Development
- We offer environmental sustainability-related internships and work experience for students.
Environmental Sustainability Projects
17 teams joined in on this year's Green Impact journey and completed a total of 296 environmental actions. Congratulations!
Examples of completed actions included growing plants from seed in many different offices, holding collaborative waste-free lunches, hosting a screening of the documentary Before the Flood, volunteering in the UEL Community Garden, encouraging electricity saving through a shutdown of the Arthur Edwards building, hosting a Book Swap event, and much more.
On Thursday 15 June 2017, we celebrated the 17 Green Impact teams' efforts in the Green Impact programme 2016/17. From January to May 2017, the teams completed 296 environmental criteria through a variety of collaborative and innovative ways. The 93 staff and students involved in the program gathered to celebrate their achievements at The Crystal, one of the world's most sustainable buildings.
17 Green Impact teams and their certificates/awards
Bronze Awards (10 Green Impact teams) Awards presented by Jo, Green Impact Programme Manager, NUS
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Awards presented by Jamie, Head of Sustainability, National Union of Students
- Green Envy
Zadie, Ilyas, Stevanna, Sadeka
Dean, Amy, Anne, Mimi, Dawn
- Student Support Green Up Docklands
Helen, Julie, Chris, Sulthana, Pooja, Jackie, Susan, Abby
Gold Awards (4 Green Impact teams)
Awards presented by David, UEL Board of Governors
- HR Services and Health & Safety Unit
Yasmin, Mariam, Sukhi, Habiba, Kim
- Institute for Health & Human Development
Austine, Michelle, Jin, Asmat, Mable, Natalie, Ruby, Tine, Susanna, Lovern, Jen, Ilo
- School of Social Sciences
Julia, Lizzy, John, Jana, Alison, Dan, Georgia
- Sustainability Research Institute (SRI)
Daiva, Naheed, Stuart, Migle
A big thank you to everyone, who has been involved with the Green Impact programme and the Green Impact Awards Ceremony. In particular, we would like to thank:
- Amanda Niblett, IT Services Associate Director - Service Delivery
- Dusty Amroliwala, Deputy Vice-Chancellor & COO
- Emmanuel Adebiyi, Maintenance Mechanical and Electrical Engineer
- John Joughin, Vice Chancellor
- Kevin Thurlow, Director of Estates & Facilities Services
- Lee McGinty, Member of the Board of Governors
- Menna Jones, Senior Lecturer, School of Business & Law
- Mollie Miller, Facilities Manager - Docklands Campus
- Patrick Evans, Green Impact Awards Ceremony Intern
- Richard Branston, Head of IT Service Management.
Our aim is to reduce general waste by decreasing unnecessary consumption and increasing recycling and reusing.Our main waste contractor Sita, which is part of the SUEZ Environnement Group, is working with us to implement a simple, cost effective system to increase recycling and measure our progress across our estate.
What items go into each bin?
Clear bin bags are for general waste. The following items are considered general waste:
- food waste;
- tea bags;
- chewing gum;
- soiled, laminated or wet paper;
- bound documents;
- sandwich packaging with food content;
- greasy take-away boxes;
- waxed milk and juice cartons;
- cigarette packets;
- milk jiggers;
- crisp packets, biscuit and confectionery wrappings;
- polystyrene cups and packaging;
- coffee cups;
- wood and building items;
Orange is the colour for recycling. The following items can be recycled:
- newspapers, magazines, leaflets;
- envelopes (including windows);
- sandwich packaging (empty and clean);
- aluminium food tins and drink cans;
- aluminium foil and tin foil.
Plastic items can include, but are not limited to:
- plastic bottles (including caps) and plastic cups;
- plastic or paper carrier bags;
- plastic food wraps;
- plastic yogurt containers (clean).
To recycle glass, please use the outside glass bins (grey wheelie bins with blue lid):
Docklands campus: One bin by each of the East halls of residence (Kwame, Jamilla, Felix, Clare and Ailsa) and bins for the West halls of residence, located between University Way and Longbridge.
Stratford campus: One bin by the entrance to the kitchen in Arthur Edwards , next to the R Building entrance.
Battery collection points are located at Reception desks, in Post Rooms and Library areas. You can recycle all types of household waste batteries (i.e. not industrial or automative batteries), including but not limited to:
- AAA, AA, C and D cells;
- button batteries (e.g. watch batteries);
- mobile phone batteries;
- laptop batteries;
- powertool batteries.
Please note: Any bags found to contain unsuitable material will be returned.
Domestic Electric Waste
Domestic Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), items include for example but are not limited to:
IT Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), items include for example but are not limited to:
- shoes and handbags;
- jewellery and accessories;
- DVDs, CDs and vinyls
- children's toys;
UEL has a variety of flower areas across its three campuses. As part of the 2014-15 Green Impact Awards Ceremony, we planted wildflowers outside Costa Coffee (West Building, Docklands campus) with the help of the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI). We recently put up wildflower signage designed in partnership with UEL's Design team.
"I'm amazed to see how high they have grown, and how many colours are flowering. It started as a small dirt patch with tiny green shoots, I never thought they'd grow so well." - Kevin Chambers, Student Support Administrator
“The wildflower bed is a beautiful addition to the campus and gives the campus a more homely and natural feel. I have seen many staff and students stop and stare at the array of wildflowers and to see so many wonderful colours combined together." - Rikia Fayne, Student Experience Officer (Community Events)
“The new wildflower bed demonstrates just how easy it is to expand wildflower areas across the university! It provides a great opportunity for staff and students alike to enjoy getting closer to nature in the heart of East London - highlighting the University’s commitment to improving both biodiversity and the student experience.” - Jack Clough, Research Assistant at Sustainability Research Institute (SRI)
Community Garden Project
Did you know that both Docklands and Stratford campuses have raised allotments and a polytunnel to grow herbs and vegetables?
The Community Garden Project actively encourages members of staff and students to live a healthier lifestyle, learn new skills and use fresh ingredients from the garden in their lives.
The Community Garden project is an opportunity for students and staff to socialise and get involved with sustainable food by volunteering. Whether you're a complete novice or expert in gardening, we would love for you to get involved!
For more information on the Community Garden Project and gardening sessions, email the Sustainability team.
Data analysis and utility metering
UEL spends around £2.1 million per year on electricity, gas and water.We collate and analyse UEL's utility costs, consumption and carbon emissions, and identify ways to reduce these. We are improving our utility metering, so that we can monitor and measure results from energy-related initiatives and make recommendations for ongoing improvement.Our aim is to have a daily profile of electricity and gas consumption of each of our buildings, so that we know how much is being used every 30 minutes. The picture below is a colour-coded example of Sports Dock's half-hourly electricity consumption over a month. Each row reflects a day and each column reflects 30 minutes, starting with 00.00 - 00.30am. Wherever possible we want to turn what is now 'yellow' to 'green'.
As part of Green Impact 2015/16, we are conducting out of hour energy surveys in two buildings Sports Dock (Docklands Campus) and R Building (Stratford Campus) between 6 to 8pm to:
- identify all electrical equipment (e.g. computers, monitors, and printers) and lighting;
- label them with green, yellow and red stickers following a traffic light system (see picture to the below);
- turn off any equipment and lighting that does not need to be on over night.
Compliance with legislation and sector-related requirements
We ensure UEL complies with legislation.
- Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme is a 'carbon tax' that costs us about £130,000 a year.
- EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive requires us to provide Display Energy Certificates (DECs) in all our buildings over 250m2. They are based upon actual energy usage of a building and increase transparency about the energy efficiency of public buildings.
We use these as an opportunity to improve the energy performance of our buildings, cut costs and cut carbon.HEFCE's carbon reduction target for UEL is 22% by 2020 (compared to 2005). We are showing our commitment through our Carbon Management Plan, which is currently being reviewed and updated.
Our annual progress is reported in HESA's annual Estates Management Record (EMR).
Financial incentives for renewable energy technologies
Since July 2015, we have received around £15,000 for our biomass boiler and solar panels on Sports Dock from the government.
We are working hard to also get money for our solar panels on University Square Stratford (USS) and Stratford Library, so watch this space.
What is an Environmental Management System (EMS)?
UEL recognises that its activities and operations may have a significant negative impact on the environment and society at a local, national and global level. To identify and manage UEL’s negative impacts, UEL has introduced an Environmental Management System (EMS).
An EMS is a structured framework that:
- helps an organisation to develop, implement and maintain an environmental policy and objectives in accordance with significant legal requirements;
- helps to insure an organisation’s conformity with stated environmental policy and objectives through procedures that monitor and measure performance and operational controls;
- can generate financial savings through efficient practices (e.g. cutting waste and energy use);
- improves reputation with staff, students, partner organisations and wider stakeholders.
In January 2012, UEL was proud to receive ISO 14001:2004 certification for the first time for its EMS.In January 2015, AJA Registrars audited and re-certified UEL. The ISO 14001:2004 Certificate covers 100% of UEL’s estate (i.e. Docklands and Stratford campuses, as well as University Square Stratford (USS)).
All EMS related documents including the legislation register and operational controls are stored in an online wiki. Please contact us for more information.
Who leads on environmental management at UEL?
The Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB) has been set up to provide leadership, guidance and coordination of environmental management at UEL.
This high-level group meets three times each academic year and has a mix of school, service, research and student representatives.Membership and Terms of Reference are currently being reviewed.