Sustainability at Harper Adams
Harper Adams University is firmly committed to sustainability in all areas of its operations as well as in helping to increase public awareness of sustainable technologies and provide learning opportunities through open days, seminars and conferences.
- Ground-breaking project set to STEP up campus energy supplies
- Students produce videos to help local organisations
- American professor gives guest lecture on “grandest challenge of all time”
- Fairtrade Fortnight comes to Harper Adams University
- Gut fungi could hold the key to biomass renewable technology
The operational management and implementation of sustainability at Harper Adams is coordinated through a five year Environmental Sustainable Strategy which fully outlines the University's aims for all areas of its operations, and which provides over 25 key sustainability indicators. There is also a five year Carbon Management Plan to 2015 with the plan to 2020 currently under review.
- Sustainable Technologies on the University campus
A number of technologies have been implemented either to reduce energy consumption or to replace fossil energy with renewable energy. These technologies include:
three photovoltaic solar arrays on University buildings, sustainable building design in the Bamford Library and Jean Jackson Entomology building, solar thermal, electric vehicles to assist with recycling.
- Embedding sustainability in the curriculum
in environmental sustainability is reflected in our course content such as 'Life Cycle Assessment of Agricultural Production', 'Waste and Resource Management' and 'Sustainable Energy and The Rural Estate'.
- Behavioural change
The importance of recycling university resources and the involvement of staff and students in all aspects of sustainability is encouraged through awareness events, poster campaigns and networking groups.
- Research to enhance knowledge
e.g. research programmes to investigate the impact of agriculture on farmland birds and the use of digestate as a mechanism for nutrient recycling.
- Developing a Sustainable Food Chain in University's Catering Department
has been achieved through local food sourcing, provision of food products from the University Farm, purchase seasonal produce and Fairtrade items. Local suppliers are continuously being sought as well as increasing 'grown' or 'reared' on site.
- Carbon Management Plan 2010 - 2015 Final Overview
- Energy Policy
- Harper Adams University Travel Plan 2013
- Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2010-15
- Environmental Sustainability Strategy Action Plan Progress Review Aug 2013 - July 2014
- Estates Strategy 2010-20
- Carbon Management Plan 2010-15
- Carbon Management Plan 2013 Update
- Carbon Trust Standard Certification Letter 2013
- Ethical Investment Policy
- Healthy and Sustainable Food Policy