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WSC Sustainability Pledges & Awards

 

Whether you are a business, college department or individual – you can take a pledge here to aim to adopt sustainability into your work, personal life, business, or studies. See below based on your category and sign your pledge now!

Award Submission

The Sustainability Awards will evaluate action towards the sustainability pledges. There will be different categories – business, student, staff, department, class – culminating all in an Awards Ceremony before the end of the academic year 2021/22. head to our Award Submission form by clicking on the red Award Submission tab below.

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  • Pledges
  • Awards
  • Award Submission
  • Pledges

    Once you commit to sustainability and take a pledge, you and your pledge will be displayed on our page, helping this way to raise awareness among your peers and inspiring action all around you! By signing up to be a part of the Sustainability Centre you will be committing to the following:
    • Businesses
      1. Aligning with the United Nations and the UK’s Government legal commitment to commit to being Net Zero by 2050 – and aim for 2030 as a business. Please sign the commitment here.
      2. To pledge to work towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. You can use this tool to assist you. We recommend focusing on the 2-3 you have the biggest impact on first, rather than taking them all on at once.
      1. To take a business pledge to reduce the environmental impact of your operations. For example: “We pledge to take action to reduce our water footprint by 50% by 2030” – you and your pledge will then be displayed on our pledging page.
      1. To take a business pledge to enhance the social impact of your business model. For example: “We pledge to take action to ensure people working within our supply chain are paid at least the national living wage”.
      1. Bonus pledge that we recommend >>> To aim to register your business as a B Corp company within 3 years of joining us and get the certification by 2030. More info here. Alternatively, you could look at other environmental or social certifications/standards that better suit your business – an example list is available at the bottom of the page.

       

    • College Departments
      1. Committing to education for sustainability by signing The Sustainable Development Goals Accord as a department – Head of Department to do so, although it can be signed as individuals, too.
      1. To take a pledge based on where you are having the biggest environmental impact as a department. For example: “All our staff pledge to use reusable bottles and encourage our students to do the same”; or, “We take the pledge to start sourcing our materials from 1) local businesses; 2) second-hand shops; 3) sustainable and eco suppliers...” –one of the Sustainability Co-ordinators can support you to identify the measures which can result in a bigger impact within your specific department.
      1. Commitment to start introducing discipline-relevant sustainability content into the teaching curriculum in the academic year 2021/22, and by working with the Sustainability Initiatives Co-ordinator, set a plan to fully embed it into the curriculum for the following academic year. Sustainability content can be in the form of group activities and games; debates and discussions using relevant case studies; developing projects around sustainability topics; engaging with local organisations of the sector who have embedded sustainability into their business operations; inviting experts coming along to talk to the students...

      Note: Since 2018, Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK) has run the Global Goals Teach In: a campaign to encourage educators of all kinds to incorporate the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development (UN SDGs) into teaching, learning and assessment. 2021/22 dates are 21st Feb – 4th March 2022 – participation, and workshops and resources to support educators in the run-up to the campaign is free and open to all. More info in their last campaign report here 

      1. Commitment to share the awareness around the importance of sustainability within your department. You must show evidence of this in action each year. For example, displaying a student work, creating awareness posters, or doing an exhibition around the topic.
      1. Bonus pledge that we recommend >>> Commitment of Head of Department to undertake the IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management 5-days course; of all Course Directors of the department to enrol on the IEMA Environmental Sustainability Skills for Managers 2-day course the college runs; and all lecturers to attend the Environmental Sustainability Skills for the Workforce 1-day course, so sustainability literacy and leadership are built top down.

       

    • Individuals/Students/Staff
      1. Committing to sustainability by signing The Sustainable Development Goals Accord.
      1. To take a personal pledge. For example: “To reduce your clothing consumption by 50%” – if you now buy 2 pieces of clothing a month, aim to get just one – or, switch to second-hand clothing; or, walk/cycle/scoot/roll to college instead of using the car; or, reduce your red meat consumption to just twice a month.
      1. If you are a student, join the WSC ‘Green Student Society’, a space for students to learn, drive action and empower their peers. The Green Society will work alongside the Sustainability Centre, and their members will act as ambassadors, getting all the support they may need, and creating synergies through collaboration.
      1. Bonus pledge that we recommend >>> Commitment to do a short research in a sustainability topic of your choice and write a blog entry for our website to raise awareness on the subject among your peers. Topics can include (and are not limited to): food waste; transport; fast fashion; citizen participation; technology; production and consumption models; poverty; circular economy; human rights; energy and water usage; pollution; equal access to opportunities; biodiversity loss; social justice; climate justice; leadership and empowerment; systems thinking; innovation...
      1. Bonus pledge that we recommend >>> Commitment to enrol on one of the three certified IEMA courses available at the college: Environmental Sustainability Skills for the Workforce (1-day course); Environmental Sustainability Skills for Managers (2-day course); Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management (5-days course).

  • Awards

    The Sustainability Awards will evaluate action towards the above pledges. There will be different categories – business, student(s), staff, department, class – culminating all in an Awards Ceremony before the end of the academic year.

    The awards will consist of two areas the internal college and external college and will then have four to five award categories each:

    • Internal College
      • Overall Project winner – A overall project winner from within the college. This could be from a individual, group, class or department.
      • Department
        • Class –counting both 16-18 and adult learners together 
        • Staff member(s)/team – both lecturers and support staff would be brought together in this category
        • X2 Student(s) –1. Based on internal work/contribution/project   2.External Based on internal work/contribution/project

       

    • External & Businesses
      • Business -SME overall Business – This will be an SME who is apart of the Sustainability Centre
      • Business- SME Green champion- Each business selects a champion, the panel to choose winner
      • Business-Network Champion- SME’s/college to nominate finalist
      • Nominated Business/Organization award East Anglia- Nominated by college and network

      The awards will be judged and evaluated on the following criteria. This will look slightly different for each category on how they might present themselves. Please see at the bottom of the page for more information.

      Evaluation Criteria:

      • Demonstrate action towards the sustainability pledges – listed in the first page of this document
      • Tackle at least2 SDGs – of their choice -bonus for more 
      • Be easy to implement and have no direct costs associated – with the exception of SMEs, who will be able to decide on sustainability strategies according to their business priorities and financial capacity – we're therefore asking those at the college for behavioral changes, and sustainability awareness and literacy development, which in essence are the first steps towards sustainability

      The judging panel would then evaluate: 

      • Impact and influence – how the initiatives create positive synergies outside of their specific context of implementation
      • Scope –extent to which the initiatives tackle the SDGs chosen 
      • Participation – the more, the merrier! Although individual entries would also be welcomed, we all know sustainability is all about collaboration. We want to stimulate people to come up with collective ideas that can engage as many people as possible from across spectrums 
      • 3Ps –often times sustainability is reduced to carbon emissions and biodiversity loss, but there is way more than that! Initiatives that consider all 3Ps – People, Planet, Profit – will then be preferred 
      • Originality – recycling cans is helpful and indeed very much needed, but boring!

       

  • Award Submission

    The Sustainability Awards will evaluate action towards the sustainability pledges. There will be different categories – business, student, staff, department, class – culminating all in an Awards Ceremony before the end of the academic year 2021/22.

    EVALUATION CRITERIA

    Projects and initiatives can be to be implemented and run either in the college or within the local community. Regardless of physical context, all projects and initiatives entered into the competition should:  

    • Demonstrate action towards the sustainability pledges 
    • Tackle at least 2 Sustainable Development Goals of your choice - bonus for more 
    • Be easy to implement and have no direct costs associated – with the exception of SMEs, who will be able to decide on sustainability strategies according to their business priorities and financial capacity – we're therefore asking those at the college for behavioural changes, sustainability awareness and literacy development, which in essence are the first steps towards sustainability.

    The judging panel will then evaluate:  

    • Impact and influence – how the initiatives create positive synergies outside of their specific context of implementation
    • Scope extent to which the initiatives tackle the SDGs chosen
    • Participation – the more, the merrier! Although individual entries will also be welcomed, sustainability is all about collaboration. We encourage people to come up with collective ideas that engage as many people as possible
    • 3Ps often times sustainability is reduced to carbon emissions and biodiversity loss, but there is way more than that! Initiatives that consider all 3Ps – People, Planet, Profit – will then be preferred
    • Originality – recycling cans is helpful and indeed very much needed, but boring!

    For more information on the WSC Sustainability Centre, please visit our website www.wsc.ac.uk/sustainability

    For any queries or comments, email Andrew Wheeler – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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    Award Submission

 

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