Bridgend College, UK

Highly Commended

The ‘spider’s web’ - an extraordinary vision for zero emissions

Our mission is ‘to seek out and eliminate greenhouse gas emissions wherever they hide’ but we are not an island. This current and future-faced project takes a multi-disciplinary and science-based approach working with people in our Carbon Task Force, seeking fewer but more ethically-minded partnerships such as the Art of the Possible partnership working with an award-winning consultancy for a genuine movement for positive change.

We are working with partners for the 60,000 trees and biodiversity project, 2022 Sustainability Summit, 200-point EV charging, architects and designers for our new STEAM Academy and land based buildings which will be carbon positive for electricity this year and on the horizon - planning for a new Town Centre Campus. The new Action for Sustainability Digital Badges and staff training planned for this year will support our ambitions. The purpose is to nurture people and our environment so that they can flourish simultaneously as part of a growth mind-set; leading front and centre.

Annual carbon savings achieved with the initiative:
We will shortly be Carbon positive for electricity only due to PV array and have an estimated saving of over 500 tonnes since 2016 baseline as we have an enhanced renewables supply.

20% reduction by 2022/23; 30% reduction by 2026/27 57% reduction by 2030.
100% reduction and/or carbon positive by 2040.

What the Judges Thought

The solution demonstrates a solid institutional response, with elements which can be transferred to others. We felt the application demonstrated a significant amount of activity, particularly for a small institution.

What it Means to Win

“We are absolutely delighted to win this prestigious International Green Gown Award! This has been a fantastic team effort from everyone at Bridgend College and although there is still much more to do, this wonderful achievement recognises that we are on the right path.”

Simon Pirotte Principal/Chief Executive

Top 3 Learnings

  1. We recognise and value the great strength in collaboration and partnership working.
  2. Our clear sense of purpose helps us focus on what is possible and achievable.
  3. We are not afraid to make mistakes.

11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production 15 - Life on Land 17 - Partnerships for the Goals
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