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Sustainability achievements

We're conscious of our impact on the environment and take our responsibilities to the world around us seriously. We've introduced a number of initiatives over the years to help make BU as environmentally friendly as possible - and have won a number of awards as a result. Take a look at our sustainability timeline to see our progress.

Our sustainability timeline

2017

Renewal of Fairtrade Certification (12 years)

Two Green Gowns Finalists in Community category and Learning & Skills category

Most sustainable event of the year at BU for annual Waste Audit

Sustainability Manager Dr Neil Smith became a fellow of the EAUC, acknowledging and rewarding his exceptional contribution to the EAUC community.

2016

Earth Charter award winner for waste management Momentum Cycle Challenge - winner in the 500+ employee size category

Retention of EcoCampus Platinum/ISO14001 certification

Awarded first class degree in the University League

Food for Life Silver Award

South West Fairtrade Gold Business Awards 2016

Travel and Transport Manager Richard Wintrip won the Vice Chancellors Individual Achievement for his work in influencing staff and students to travel more sustainably.

2015

7th in the University League

Food for Life Bronze Award (Chartwells)

Winner of Dorset Travel Network Gold Standard for travel planning and Business Travel Network Large Employer of the Year Award

Momentum cycle challenge - winner in the 500+ employee size category

Renewal of Fairtrade Certification (10 years)

Certification to EcoCampus Platinum and ISO14001.

2014

Sustainable Fish City Pledge

Re-certification to EcoCampus Gold Award

Carbon Management Plan Highly Commended in the Green Gown Sustainable Procurement category as a member of the South Coast Affinity Group.

2013

Aibeat Earth Charter Awards - Award for engagement in sustainability

Momentum cycle challenge - winner in the 500+ employee size category.

2011

Achievement of EcoCampus Gold Award

Shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development Award

Finalist in the Green Gown Positive Behaviour category

Finalist in the Green Gown Sustainable Procurement category as a member of the South Coast Affinity Group.

2009

Achievement of EcoCampus Bronze and Silver Awards.

2007

Finalist in the Dorset Business Environmental Excellence Award.

2006

Achieved Fairtrade status.

2005

Winner of the Green Gown Transport category.

2004

Highly Commended in the Green Gown Energy Efficiency category.