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Sustainability governance and operations


Responsibility for sustainability lies with Jim Andrews, BU's Chief Operating Officer. Read more about Jim’s role.

BU has a Sustainability Strategy Group which meets quarterly. This group is chaired by Jim and has representatives from SUBU, faculties, estates, facilities management, sustainability, IT, finance, procurement and the accommodation teams. Students are also represented on BU committees.

BU has a Sustainability Policy (pdf 231kb) which is signed off by the Sustainability Strategy Group and reviewed annually.

BU has been implementing an Environmental Management System since 2008 and we were awarded EcoCampus Platinum (pdf 462kb) in December 2015 and ISO 14001:15 (pdf 332kb) in December 2017.

As part of the Environmental Management System BU has set out its key environmental objectives which can be seen in the Objectives Register (pdf 183kb).

BU’s Sustainability Team

There is a dedicated team of full-time sustainability staff in the estates department who are responsible for ensuring BU's day-to-day operations minimise the risk to the environment and enhance positive impacts. The team works closely with staff from about BU and SUBU, and students at all levels across BU to implement our sustainability vision. 

Neil Smith – Sustainability Manager

Neil leads the sustainability team and manages the Environmental Management System.

Eloise Nickerson – Sustainability Support Officer 

Eloise supports the team on a number of sustainability topics, and also runs the staff and student engagement activities.

Dave Archer – Energy Manager 

Dave manages BU’s energy and water use, and also oversees the implementation of the Carbon Management Plan.

TBC- Sustainability & Energy Analyst

TBC- Energy Officer

Richard Wintrip – Travel and Transport Manager

Richard is responsible for encouraging staff and students to travel more sustainably to and from BU and for achieving the changes set out in BU's Travel Plan.

Lauren Duff- Travel and Transport Co-ordinator

Lauren supports the Travel and Transport Manager in implementing the BU Travel Plan.

Dean Pinfield- Car Park Supervisor

Dean manages parking operations at our BU Talbot Campus, ensuring our visitors receive an excellent customer service experience.

Hannah Wiseman- Sustainability Co-ordinator (Students’ Union at Bournemouth University)

Gillian Lewis- Community Partnerships Manager (Students’ Union at Bournemouth University)

Green Resident Assistants (Part-time student employees)

And all our partners at Chartwells, SUBU, Interserve, Mitie, and around BU who support our sustainability vision.


Sustainability is a key priority at BU and the team has an annual budget to help deliver sustainability projects, such as Green Rewards and Student Switch-Off projects. 

Staff inductions

All new staff at BU attend a one-day induction event which the sustainability team attend to give new staff a BU reusable cup. There is also a chance for staff to hear about the importance of sustainability both at BU and in the wider community, what we do at BU to improve our environmental performance and how staff can get involved. Inductions take place every six-eight weeks with 30-40 new staff members attending each time.

Student inductions

All new students at BU have to complete an online induction workbook which includes a section on sustainability. All students are also given a Little Green Guide which remains available all year round in the Student Centre.

You can view the Little Green Guide online. 

Any new students living in halls will now also have the chance to get involved with sustainable events and activities run by the Green Resident Assistants. Check out the ResLifeBU page to find out more.