JISC Regional Support Centre for London has helped raise awareness of the Green IT and sustainability agenda for the past couple of years. During this time, examples of sustainable strategy and practice have informed our events and formed the basis of some case studies. We will try to highlight more initiatives here in the future.
A simple way for learning providers to signal a commitment to sustainability is to put a prominent statement on their websites, as Ravensbourne, a forward-thinking specialist Higher Education Institution has done:
Green from the roof down
We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint. Green technologies have been built into the fabric of our new building to prove that sustainability is no barrier to world-class, innovative design. The form of the building has been kept as compact as possible, to combine a highly flexible design with maximum environmental performance.
We’ve used environmentally friendly construction materials such as FSC timber and re-used aggregates. And with a green roof, solar hot water and biomass boiler, the building will achieve BREEAM Excellent status. Once we’ve moved in, we’ll continually expand our use of renewable energies, improve waste and recycling, and reduce our water consumption. http://www.rave.ac.uk/about/our-campus/
Of course, not everywhere has a distinctive new building to promote, but why not be proud of your Green initaitives – large or small – and shout about them.