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Continuing its commitment to lowering its carbon footprint, Pembrokeshire College has once again been recognised for its green credentials by being shortlisted in two categories of the prestigious Green Gown awards.
Already with a string of awards to show their commitment to improving the environment, Pembrokeshire College is at the forefront of making large buildings sustainable. In the 2012 awards the College has seen both its entries shortlisted: Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change; and Modernisation – Effectiveness and Efficiency in the Estate (a new category for 2012).
Launched in 2005, the Green Gown awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK.
To date, the College has won a Green Gown Award for carbon reduction and has been highly commended in the following categories: space efficiency; continued improvement; and sustainable new building. The College was also a winner of the Welsh BREEAM Award and runner-up in the UK Building Magazine sustainable new building category.
Classrooms and College facilities are being managed more efficiently, making better use of space and allowing heating and lighting to be switched off more. Energy-efficient new facilities; such as the engineering wing, utilise state of the art energy efficiency measures that have also had an impact. In addition, students and staff have signed up to personal pledges to take responsibility for their own energy use, fostering a culture of switching off equipment.
Over the last eight years the College has cut gas consumption by 54 per cent, electricity consumption by 25 per cent and water consumption by 52 per cent, resulting in savings of over £420,000 despite increasing its floor area by 18 per cent over the same eight year period. Changing timetables and cleaning shifts are predicted to save a further £12,000 during the winter.
Providing excellent learning facilities is the over-riding priority, while careful planning has allowed more efficient use of the space needed and produced substantial efficiencies. Government inspectors (Estyn) reported that the College’s work in environmental sustainability and energy was an area of ‘outstanding practice’.
Continuing its green credentials, the College is also working alongside the Carbon Trust on a number of carbon efficiency projects and has been included in best practice case studies for both EAUC and the Carbon Trust.
Steve Jones commented: “We take our sustainable policies very seriously – as a major employer in the county, with 8,000 learners using our facilities, developing sustainable practices was vital to take on the challenge of reducing our carbon footprint and consumption of resources .The commitment and time shown by College staff in achieving the benefits has been invaluable. The College is very proud of what has been achieved and is delighted that the hard work is being recognised at a national level.”