An article written by Alice Litchfield, MACF Placement student studying Geography.
After three years of hard work, Manchester Met was the first University in the UK to achieve the revised ISO 14001:2015 standard. On Thursday 21st April, this achievement was celebrated at the Business School with guest speakers to talk about all the amazing work the University has done to achieve this award.
Paul Kingsmore (Director of Services) began by thanking those who had attended and highlighting how the University is leading the way in terms of sustainability. There have been different schemes run throughout the University including waste management plans, low carbon transport systems and the introduction of the Birley Campus, which have contributed to our sustainability journey. To close there was a quote from Richard Walsh (Lead Assessor, NQA Audit Team) who said ’Manchester Met takes its commitment to environmental management fully on board and has put itself at the forefront of sustainable development in the higher education sector.’
Councillor Kate Chappell (Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for the Environment) then delivered a speech to thank and applaud the University’s fantastic work. Councillor Chappell’s background has given her an awareness of the companies that work within the ISO 14001 standard and she finds these are committed and organised work places. Furthermore, she mentioned that as well as being the first University to meet the revised ISO 14001:2015 standard in the UK, Manchester Met should also be celebrating their other green projects. These include the Green Travel plan, the Carbon Literacy training and the green roofs, all of which enable Manchester to be a more sustainable and green city.
The final few words addressed the audience and thanked those who helped achieved the standard. Finally it was identified that the diversity within the group present suggested that the University has achieved what they set out too which was to connect organisations and people together in order to help create a sustainable city. The event was a successful networking event and highlighted the important work the University is doing to maintain its sustainability.