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Environmental responsibility and sustainability

We are committed to being a good neighbour, concerned for the community and the environment. We will continually strive to improve our social and environmental performance. Our aim is to ensure that our activities contribute to the sustainable development of the regional communities we serve.

Sustainability Plan 2016 to 2020

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The UWS Sustainability Plan outlines our ambition to achieve a 20% reduction in carbon by 2020 and how we go beyond this in embedding Sustainability in Education and the wider student experience. The Plan highlights how we support our students, staff and local communities through Initiatives which have a positive impact on economic, social and environmental sustainability.

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Sustainability Annual Report

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he annual report details progress against Sustainability Plan targets. In 2017/18 UWS exceeded the 2020 carbon reduction target with a 25% reduction on the 2012/13 baseline. The report also details Sustainability features at our inspirational Lanarkshire campus.

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UWS Climate Ready – Adaptation Plan

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Extreme weather and climate change threaten to damage UWS premises and interfere with the systems we rely on for day-to-day business continuity. Developing and implementing our Adaptation Plan allows us to understand our vulnerability to current and future climate change, to recognise and assess the risks and also to identify research opportunities to further advance knowledge and understanding of our changing climate.

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Green Impact: Carbon Saving Initiative

UWS staff and students can join this easy to use scheme which has lots of great ideas and support to help you take action to reduce environmental impacts.

How do you get involved?

Contact the UWS project lead at, or go to the Green Impact website. Instructions for getting started can be found in the document section of this site.

Any group of staff or students can take part, whether it’s a large department, a small office or a team of students working with their academic school. Any individual can be the team lead for a group.

Green Impact Project Assistants (GIPAs) - Students can also volunteer to work with a staff team and support them to implement the actions of the online workbook to help maintain or improve their Green Impact accreditation. Students undergo training and supervision by the Green Impact Project Leader. Benefit is reaped both from students who gain valuable work experience, and staff who gain an extra team member’s assistance.

GIPA’s are recruited from September to February and can get an application form from Claire Roxburgh.

Community Gardens

UWS Community Gardens are available to staff and students at Ayr and Paisley campuses. Enjoy the health, social and sustainability benefits of taking part.

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Last updated: 22/11/2017