City of Bristol College is proud to have signed up to the Bristol One City Climate Change Ask, and committed to an ambitious aim of becoming net zero by 2030. Staff and students across our organisation are involved in activities and ways of working to improve our sustainability efforts.
The Climate Ask is the City of Bristol’s ambitious plan to reduce carbon emissions to as close as zero as possible by 2030, and for residual emissions to be offset by credible schemes. There are a number of programmes and schemes in place to work towards this goal already, and as a large employer in the City, we feel it is our duty not only to contribute but also to educate people on the importance of sustainability and what they can do to minimise their impact on the climate.
Our Sustainability Steering Group is attended by colleagues at all levels, and meets on a monthly basis to hold the whole organisation to account on making change and lead on activities, ideas and implementation of the plan. Recently, Chair of Governors Peter Rilett was delighted to sign the commitment together with Joanne Ward, Vice Principal and senior lead for sustainability at City of Bristol College.
Joanne said, “Signing up to the Bristol One City Climate demonstrates our commitment to this important work and helps us partner with other organisations across the City to share ideas and work together. I am really pleased with the progress that we have made at the College and the amount of involvement that we have from staff and students. Signing this commitment is important to us and we hope that this will support demonstrating our determination in everything we do to support sustainability and climate action.”
Lots of changes have been made already, but we recognise that we have a lot to do to reach net zero within the next eight years. Examples of our improvements include rainwater harvesting, solar panels, low energy lighting, voltage optimisation and vastly improved heating and ventilation control systems.