National Green Gown award for sustainability action
16 November 2017
Canterbury Christ Church has won a national Green Gown award in the Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change category, recognising the University’s commitment to sustainability.
The award comes in the same week as the University received a first class award in the 2017 People & Planet University League, securing joint 21st place in the green league table.
Director of Sustainability Development, Dr Peter Rands, said: “We’re delighted to receive this award. It is recognition that the University is embracing sustainability at all levels of the organisation and that staff and students are making a real and lasting impact.”
As a Church of England Foundation, sustainability is part of the University’s core mission and values. Its more recent strategic and evolutionary approach – weaving sustainability across its Strategic Framework - has transformed the University’s approach to sustainability, both operationally and academically.
The University has held ISO14001 certification since 2013, supported by the LiFE Index performance improvement framework. Since 2015, sustainability has been built into the annual Business Planning process for all Schools and Departments, and innovative use of the 6 Capitals Model is increasing the understanding of value creation and non-financial reporting.