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MMU ISO Celebration Event

Contributed by Alice Litchfield on 25.04.2016

An Article about the Manchester Metropolitan University Celebration of them becoming the first University in the UK to achieve the revised ISO 14001:2015 standard. Written by Alice Litchfield 

After three years of hard work, Manchester Metropolitan (MMU) was the first University in the UK to achieve the revised ISO 14001:2015 standard. On Thursday 21st April this achievement was celebrated at the University’s Business school with guest speakers to talk about all the amazing work MMU has done to achieve this award.

Paul Kingsmore (Director of Services, MMU) began by thanking those who had attended and how the University is leading the way in terms of sustainability. There have been different schemes run throughout MMU including waste management plans, low carbon transport systems and the Birley Fields campus. In order for these to be a success there are a number of people involved in the process of making the University as sustainable as possible. This includes Manchester City Council who help provide funding for vital research. Furthermore there is the engagement of the students, 83% of whom surveyed said they recognised the importance of sustainability. The closing to his speech was a quote from Richard Walsh (Lead Assessor, from the NQA Audit Team) who said the University takes its commitment to environmental management fully on board and has put itself at the forefront of sustainable development in the higher education sector.

Councillor Kate Chappell (Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for the Environment) then delivered a speech to thank and applaud the University’s fantastic work. Kate’s background has given her an awareness of the companies that work within the ISO14001 standards as these are committed and organised work places that take leadership. Furthermore she mentioned that as well as being the first University to meet the revised ISO 14001:2015 standards in the UK, MMU should also be celebrating their other green projects. These include the Green Travel plan, the Carbon Literacy scheme and the Green Roof scheme, all of which enable Manchester to be a more sustainable and green city.

The final few words addressed the audience and thanked those who personally helped achieved the standard, including the EcoCampus scheme and the NQA assessor. Finally it was identified that the diversity within the group present suggested that the University have achieved what they set out too which was to connect organisations and people together in order to create a sustainable city. The event was a successful networking event and highlighted the important work the MMU is doing to maintain its sustainability.