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A sustainable college culture is at the heart of what we do. The board of Governors and Senior Managers are committed to ensuring that the College operates in a manner that is both supportive and protective of the environment.

At South Cheshire College we encourage our staff and student community to play their part in creating a sustainable college culture.

We aim to do this through:

  • The curriculum we teach; equipping students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be effective citizens in this changing world
  • The wider informal college initiatives, events and culture that influence students and staff to live and work more sustainably
  • How we manage our estate to reduce our negative impact on the environment and increase positive impact, for example reducing the amount of energy we use and improving the biodiversity value of the campus

The design of the campus includes the following green features:

Wherever and whenever possible, natural ventilation is used to provide comfort and reduce energy use.
EShading devices (brise soleil) reduce glare and overheating in the summer.
The heating and cooling systems are set within a range of lower and upper temperatures to ensure energy is not wasted. Green technologies include the use of heat recovery units, and air source heat pumps.
Renewable energy is generated through 280m² of solar thermal panels on the roof. These provide 70% of the domestic hot water over the year.
Rainwater is collected from the roof to be stored in huge 30,000 litre tanks. The water harvested fills the moat and is used to flush toilets.
The lights are controlled either by movement, switches or daylight detection. In some of the art rooms, natural light is fed into the rooms through light tubes from the roof.
There are areas designated to increase biodiversity and provide natural habitats. These include ‘nectar bar’ planting to encourage bees and butterflies, oxygenating plants in the moat and wildflower areas for Science students to study and the community to enjoy.
The green roof on the main building and brown roof on the nursery help to keep the buildings cool in the summer and insulated in the winter. They create habitats and promote diversity.

As part of our overall travel plan the College aims to:

Reduce the environmental impact of all of its activities associated with commuting.
Promote alternatives to car use to reduce congestion and the number of vehicles arriving at and leaving the site.
Promote the use of ‘greener’ and healthier modes of transport.
The College encourages all staff, visitors and students to consider alternative modes of transport to car use. They are encouraged to walk, particularly if they live within 2km, to cycle or to use college or public transport. There are 275 cycle stands on the campus.

The College is committed to reducing the amount of energy we consume and our carbon footprint. We are one of the first Colleges in the country to have worked with the Carbon Trust and our Carbon Management Plan was endorsed by the Carbon Trust in February 2012.

To minimise the amount of landfill waste the College seeks to:

Prevent the amount of waste produced
Where possible re-use items
Promote recycling

The College promotes sustainable development within the college and wider community. Students and staff support the work of to bring about a better quality of life. Last year these included Education in Africa, Red Nose Day and Children in Need.

The College contributes to national awareness raising events for example Walk to Work Week and Bike Week and Climate Week to influence students and staff to live and work more sustainably.

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