The Sustainability department works to increase the awareness of sustainability and social responsibility with students, staff and members of our communities and contributes to sustainable development in all areas of the University.

Sustainability department

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The Sustainability department acts as a focal point for all aspects of sustainability within the University and works to develop local, regional, national and international networks to further the sustainability agenda. 

We vision with many stakeholders using innovative techniques.  This process has been repeated in 2017-2018 and information helped inform new strategies as the University begins its next strategic planning phase. 

The Pro Vice-Chancellor Students is a member of university executive and sponsor for sustainability. The University established a Sustainability Strategy Group in 2005, which includes student representation, chaired by the Academic Lead for Sustainability and Deputy Head of ISE. Dr Heather Barrett leads on embedding sustainability into the curriculum and research. 

The Director of Sustainability acts as a focal point for all aspects of sustainability within the University and is also:

  • Sustainability West Midlands Green Leader
  • Chair of EAUC Midlands region
  • EAUC inaugural Fellow
  • On a number of regional and national committees in the sustainability field.

 

 

Sustainability staff

Katy Boom

Director of Sustainability
Full time

01905 855243
k.boom@worc.ac.uk 

Dr Heather Barrett

Deputy Head ISE
Academic Lead for Sustainability
Full time

01905 855191
h.barrett@worc.ac.uk 

Phil Mole


Waste Supervisor and EcoCampus lead
Full time

01905 855317
p.mole@worc.ac.uk

Matt Smith

Energy Officer
Full time

01905 542472
matt.smith@worc.ac.uk

Dr Sian Evans

Sustainability Coordinator
Full time

01905 542415
sian.evans@worc.ac.uk 

Part-time student posts

Tim Bird
Sustainability Projects Researcher 

t.bird@worc.ac.uk

Naomi Goldman Woo Bikes Coordinator

n.goldman@worc.ac.uk 

10 Green Impact Project Assistants

4 Digital Creative Project Assistants

01905 855243

Control Room supervisor and Estates and Facilities Apprentices

Graham Cozens
Control Room supervisor

EcoCampus ISO14001:2015 
Implementation team member

Sinead and Molly 
Estates and Facilities Apprentices

EcoCampus ISO 14001:2015
Implementation team member

 

 

Sustainability roles

Many colleagues have key roles in supporting sustainability and all have to enhance environmental sustainability within their job roles.  All new staff have a mandatory induction into sustainability, which includes, for example, learning about our 10 Golden Rules for living sustainability. We have 3 ISO 14001 trained auditors and have begun an ambitious training program to train and expand the team including 2 apprentices. 

We have full-time energy and waste manager posts supporting the sustainability department. All sustainability department posts are full time, the Director takes the strategic lead, and the coordinator leads on student and staff behaviour change and Energy officer on calculating the University's carbon data and managing energy reduction projects- this post has a separate budget.

The department employs 16 student part-time posts and works with the 12 Residential Life Team students to implement behavioural change for first years living in Halls or University managed accommodation. They induct all new students on how to live and study sustainably. There's an annual budget of around £50,000 which includes funding for student-led projects.

Priorities or projects are decided by the Sustainability Strategy Group, and all students and staff are encouraged to put forward ideas to help embed sustainability throughout the campus, community and curriculum.  Details of current projects can be found within these web pages, many led by students and supported by the student Sustainability Projects Researcher.