Keele launched the Sustainability Benchmark in 2018-19 to provide a campus-wide scheme that involves all Schools and Directorates to ensure that University policies relating to environmental and sustainability operations are being implemented.
Staff Sustainability Representatives are the point of contact for the Sustainability Benchmark Audit. The audit includes 20 criteria which relate to sustainability activities linked to energy, waste, wellbeing, education for sustainability, procurement and transport, but also include communication, engagement and leadership. The criteria were developed in partnership through focus groups and are designed to enable Schools and Directorates to focus on projects which link with their activities rather than becoming a tick-box exercise.
There is also a large amount of innovative work taking place across the campus, embedding sustainability into operations, research, the curriculum and more, and we want to recognise and celebrate this. By being part of the Sustainability Benchmark, your School/Directorate can also become eligible to apply for funding towards a sustainability project, which can align with one or more of the Benchmark criteria, and enables your team to be nominated for a Sustainability Innovation Award.
Student auditors are trained to partner up with Schools/Directorates and explore the evidence submitted. This provides a great opportunity to engage with university processes and operations outside their formal curriculum, and to gain insights into the practicalities of embedding sustainability into a higher education institution.
If your team is unable to complete all the criteria, we encourage you to still get involved as your School/Directorate will still be able to engage with the auditing process and will receive the 'Working towards the Benchmark' award.
Find out which teams achieved the Sustainability Benchmark below:
Congratulations and a big thank you to the three teams who submitted their criteria as part of the Sustainability Benchmark audit process for 2018-19.
Teams submissions were scored based on the number of points they received, with the potential to achieve 1, 2 or 3 leaves or a much sought-after 'gold leaf' depending on their achievements.
The aim is for all Schools/Directives to be completing the criteria each year. If your School/Directorate wasn't involved this year, contact the Sustainability Team.
The School of Chemical and Physical Sciences received 3 leaves recognising the team's significant progress in embedding sustainability into a large number of processes within the School. Katherine Haxton received the certificate on behalf of the School as their Staff Sustainability Representative.
The campus Library team also received 3 leaves demonstrating the team's engagement with sustainability activities and events. Stephen Parton received the certificate on behalf of the Library as their Staff Sustainability Representative.
The School of Computing and Maths received the 'Working towards the Benchmark' award showing the team's commitment to engage with sustainability and develop activities within the School. Chris Briggs received the certificate on behalf of the School as their Staff Sustainability Representative.