The Royal Veterinary College has received a prestigious accreditation as a result of its commitment to the environment.
The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has received a prestigious accreditation as a result of its commitment to the environment.
The RVC has taken measures to reduce its impact on the environment for many years and, in May 2012, embarked on a project to create a formal Environmental Management System (EMS) that could be independently certified to the international standard of IS014001.
An EMS takes into account an organisation’s main activities and identifies what the environmental impacts are in quantifiable terms. To gain IS014001 status, organisations must demonstrate continual environmental performance during audits, reporting and reviews, which take place at regular intervals across all departments.
RVC environmental officer Suzanne McDonagh said: “Following an external audit, the college was officially granted certification to the IS014001 accreditation. This is a testament to the RVC progressive approach to environmental management. We are one of only 30 UK universities to hold this prestigious accreditation.”
She added: “Due to the hard work and concerted effort from all departments, the project has delivered both financial and environmental benefits and has helped raise awareness of environmental issues at the RVC.”
This achievement is also being recognised externally, with the RVC being shortlisted for a Green Gown Award. These awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives undertaken by universities, colleges and the learning and skills sectors across the UK.
- For further information on the Green Gown Awards, visit www.greengownawards.org.uk.