First two companies gain new Green Dragon certification
Two organisations in Wales have become joint-first to be certified against the new Green Dragon Environmental Standard 2016. MPCT Wales (Level 4) and Bangor University (Level 5) were both certified in mid-July - just weeks after the revised Green Dragon standard was launched by Groundwork Wales.
MPCT is the UK's largest Military Preparation College and has since extended to offer an alternative educational provision across England and Wales.
The College was formed in 1999 and since its conception has been dedicated to supporting opportunities for young people through training and education. The school element offers vocational qualifications to broaden the learning experiences of young people. Throughout the course ESDGC is embedded into the core delivery model.
"It has been a strategic priority to secure the prestigious Green Dragon Environmental Award. Not only does it recognise our commitment to sustainable education provision but it also provides a focus for our organisation. To date, we have saved over £50,000 on printing and reduced our energy bills by almost £10,000" said MPCT Director of Schools Philip Jones.
"The new standards are clear and the whole process has been a very rewarding experience of the organisation as a whole especially both the staff and learners" he added.
Founded in 1884, Bangor University has a long tradition of excellence and exceeds expectations, both for academic standards and student experience. It has over 11,000 students and over 650 teaching staff based in 23 Academic Schools grouped into five Colleges.
Bangor University is committed to being known globally as The Sustainable University. Much of what they do is based on a desire to bring sustainability to life; whether through teaching, research or public engagement. They have established The Sustainability Lab to lead on all aspects of sustainability across the University. They have ISO14001 and Green Dragon Level 5 accreditation for environmental management and are in the top 5% of the world’s greenest universities according to the Universitas Indonesia UI Green Metric.
Ricky Carter, Environmental Manager, Property and Campus Services said, “Our Environmental Management procedures are audited annually by Groundwork Wales, who closely examine our energy and water conservation measures, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste and travel management. Rather than wait another year for the new Standard to become compulsory, we elected to be assessed against it immediately after it was launched”.
Vice-Chancellor Professor John G Hughes added, “I am delighted with this news. Achieving the award so early after it was introduced is a credit to the many staff and students who are actively involved in protecting and enhancing the environment in and around Bangor University. I am particularly pleased with the way we are reducing our carbon footprint year on year through a range of initiatives from LED lighting and heating system upgrades to binless offices and electric vehicles. In addition, energy use in the majority of our buildings is now monitored every half hour through our Automated Metering System, and this is becoming invaluable in helping us understand where even further efficiencies can be made”.
Gareth Jones, Green Dragon Quality Manager, said “Achieving certification against the revised Green Dragon Standard so soon after its launch is a remarkable achievement, particularly at Levels 4 and 5. This shows a clear commitment on the part of both organisations to reduce their environmental impacts and to demonstrate their ongoing sustainability”.