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Annual sustainability report 2022/23


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As one of the Regional Centres of Expertise (RCE) co-ordinated by the United Nations University, we are not just focused on building capacity in our staff and students.

As RCE Severn we aim to co-operate and co-learn with our partners outside the university, to develop sustainability skills together and help us all to deliver on shared sustainability aims.

This section shares some of our favourite collaboration stories from 2021-2022 that have reached across different professions, community groups and sectors.

Sustainability toolkit for live events

Andrew Lansley, Senior Lecturer in Music Business, designed a Donut Assessment Tool for Events (DATE) in collaboration with a range of partners, including Cheltenham Borough Council, and Cheltenham Festivals. The tool helps event organisers to understand their commitment and practices around sustainability and accessibility and embeds a ‘Green Events Code’ developed by Vision 2025.

Creative promotions of sustainable travel initiatives

As part of the MDes course, students worked as a design studio for the CheltenhamZero team at Cheltenham Borough Council to design a campaign concept and flexible system called ChAT (Cheltenham Active Travel) that could be used to promote a range of sustainability themes in the town options.

Leading the way on Net Zero plans – conference session for HE and FE sector

Dr Alex Ryan, Director of Sustainability and Dr Jon Furley, Sustainability Operations Manager teamed up with Interface – international flooring manufacturer and leaders in sustainable business; to deliver a workshop session at the EAUC conference. The session showcased the University’s journey to Net Zero Carbon with practical insights on how to implement realistic plans.

Mock UN Climate Conference

The International Relations course team hosted a mock UN climate conference for young people across Gloucestershire. Groups worked to represent countries seeking to reach a deal on carbon emissions and limit the worst effects of climate change. Participants developed skills in communication, diplomacy, advocacy, consensus-building and teamwork.

Japanese school integrates ecolinguistics expertise

Ecolinguistics research by Arran Stibbe has been incorporated into the curriculum of a unique school in Hiroshima. Arran trained teachers in Japan through a series of online workshops about Ecolinguistics, and teachers then re-designed the curriculum, helping students to express ecological insight from Japanese culture in English.

Sustainable champions network for local businesses

The University’s Business School partnered with Visit Gloucestershire to bring together 14 businesses to champion sustainability, adapt to evolving challenges, and share best practice. Businesses offer each other peer-to-peer support, share case studies, and collaborate to meet the net-zero objectives set by the Gloucestershire County Council.

Reporting on the UN Global Goals

This report meets our annual reporting commitments on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as an institutional signatory to the tertiary sector SDG Accord.

Throughout this annual report, we record how the actions and results shown in this report contribute to the delivery of the UN SDGs. The actions on this page contribute to the specific goals marked below.

For more information view the global goals page.

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