Being responsible, sustainable and ethical to leave a better environment for future generations is something we are passionate about. Students, residents and staff are working together to help us become a net zero organisation.
We hold the Platinum level Green Impact award, are a Bronze level Hedgehog Friendly campus and are working towards achieving our Silver level Hedgehog Friendly campus award. Working with our staff and student ‘green’ reps we are confident that this is an achievable ambition.
This year students, with the help of local businesses, Cotswold wardens and members of the local community have already planted more than 800 saplings in the grounds of our Ullenwood campus. Thanks to Gloucestershire County Council and The Woodland Trust for donating the saplings to support this initiative which is a great boost to biodiversity. We’re looking forward to watching them grow and enjoy the beauty that they will bring, as well as the amazing species of insects, birds and mammals the trees can support.
Staff are encouraged to make low-carbon energy choices. We actively promote car sharing and are seeing increasing numbers of passengers using our staff mini-buses which operates across Cheltenham and Gloucester. We operate a cycle to work scheme and encourage staff to use public transport when attending external meetings.
Staff are also encouraged to use teleconferencing facilities where possible in place of face-to-face meetings.
We are proactively managing our paper usage. For example, handouts and presentations for meetings are distributed electronically and we are reducing the amount of leaflets and printed materials produced by the organisation, preferring digital distribution instead.
In addition, computer settings now ensure duplex (double sided) printing is the default option. Simple steps such as reusing incoming envelopes/packaging in preference to using new envelopes/packaging is helping too.
Energy and water usage
Our Energy Centre at Ullenwood, which provides all the heat and hot water for the site, runs on biomass boilers.
We run regular awareness campaigns to encourage staff and students to switch off lights and other electrical equipment when they are not in use.
Staff and students are encouraged to recycle unwanted clothes and other items to be reused by others via National Star’s charity shops in Cheltenham and Gloucester.
Staff and students take part in ‘Green Day’ every year to think about the environment and their impact upon it.
Read the National Star Sustainability Policy and discover more about what we are doing to promote sustainable practices in all aspects of our charity.