The Sustainability Lab shaping brighter futures

Bangor University’s sustainability groups

  • Introduction

    Bangor University established The Sustainability Lab to be a focal point of leadership on Sustainable Development as we aim to become in all aspects ‘The Sustainable University’.  Our big ambition is that sustainability is seen as something for everyone and to do that we need to involve as many people as possible.

    In order to Bring Sustainability to Life at Bangor, to make sure that all our decisions and actions are accountable, and that we make continuous progress as The Sustainable University, we have set up a number of initiatives and groups to put sustainability at the heart of teaching, learning, research and innovation.

    Our motto is “doing things with you not to you or for you”, and whether you are a student, staff member, a business, a vistor, or a member of the local or global community, your contribution is vital to our success.

    The tabs above give details of the University’s official sustainability groups and this diagram of our Decision Making Structure shows all the governance teams that the University runs. They hold positive, active meetings where ideas go to thrive, and we are always on the lookout for new ideas and fresh inspiration. The ‘student voice’ is central to how we do things at Bangor and students are represented on all of our committees.  If you already know what ideas you want to raise then get in touch with one of our team.  If you’re not sure but think you want to get involved then for inspiration why not look at the list of what happened last year (pages 3-5), and then get in touch with us and we will guide you to the group that suits you, your ideas and your interests best.

  • Sustainability ThinkTank

    The Sustainability ThinkTank is a friendly monthly group which is open to all staff and students.  It encourages its participants to come forward with and discuss all sorts of ideas around the environmental, social, cultural, ethical and financial aspects of Sustainability@Bangor, and the people and communities in and around campus, particularly for participants to lead their own projects and activities to create a sustainable future for Bangor University and it’s community.  Ideas from the ThinkTank are taken to the Sustainability Implementation Group.

    Find out more and how to join in

  • Sustainability Champions

    Our Sustainability Champions are a network of enthusiastic students and staff who are involved in raising awareness of sustainability at the University, encouraging others to join in to contribute to the goal to make Bangor University ‘The Sustainable University’.

    Champions act as a two-way communication link between their course, school or department and The Sustainability Lab team. This helps drive the University’s Sustainability agenda and promote sustainability improvements and best practice across the University.

    Find out more and how to join in

  • Campus Environmental Performance Team

    The Campus Environmental Performance Team, co-ordinated by The Sustainability Lab and chaired by the Director of Sustainability, ensures that day to day issues surrounding environmental performance are addressed and to discuss the issues raised by the ThinkTank, the internal and external University communities, the Sustainability Implementation Group and the Sustainability Task Group.  It uses these to inform the direction, planning and day-to-day management of our environmental management system and campus wide programme. This group reports to the Sustainability Task Group which reports to the University Executive.

    Chair:

    • Dr. Einir. Young, Director of Sustainability

    Members:

    • Natalie Chivers – Campus Biodiversity Co-ordinator
    • Gwenan Griffith – Campus Digital Community Co-ordinator
    • Gwen Holland – Campus Waste Co-ordinator
    • Emma Riches – Health and Safety Officer
    • Dr Liz Shepherd – Campus Energy, Water and Travel Co-ordinator
    • Gareth Wyn Jones – Head of Health and Safety
    • Student representative
    • Invited participants as required from academic and support services


  • Sustainability Implementation Group (SIG)

    The Sustainability Implementation Group, chaired by the Director of Sustainability, meets monthly to ensure that day to day issues surrounding sustainability are addressed and to discuss the issues raised by the ThinkTank, the internal and external University communities and the Sustainability Task Group.  It uses these to inform the direction, planning and day-to-day management of our sustainability programme. This group reports to the Sustainability Task Group which meets quarterly, and members of the SIG join in with every ThinkTank.

    Chair:

    • Dr. E.M. Young, Director of Sustainability

    Members:

    • Nicola Day, Director of Procurement
    • Muhammad Firdaus, VP Societies and Volunteering
    • Gaz Williams, Student Opportunities co-ordinator (Volunteering and widening access)
    • Deirdre McIntyre, Head of Residential Life
    • Dr Gwenith Elias, curriculum co-ordinator
    • Dr Liz Shepherd, energy, water and transport co-ordinator
    • Gwen Holland, waste co-ordinator
    • Gareth Wyn Jones, Head of Health and Safety
    • Emma Riches, compliance co-ordinator
    • Natalie Chivers, biodiversity co-ordinator
    • Representatives from academic and support directorates are invited as required

  • Sustainability Task Group

    The Sustainability Task Group is part of the University Executive’s committee structure. It meets quarterly and oversees the evolution and implementation of the sustainability programme developed by The Sustainability Lab. This group, chaired by one of the Pro Vice-Chancellors, and reports to the University Executive.

    • Monday 22nd October 15.00 – 17.00 Cledwyn 3

    Chair:

    • Prof Jerry Hunter, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Welsh Medium and Civic Engagement)

    Members:

    • Paul Brocklehurst, Director, N Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health
    • Nicola Day, Director of Procurement
    • Bangor Students’ Union President
    • Dr Carl Hughes, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology
    • Nia Gwyn Meacher, Deputy Director of Human Resources
    • Derwyn Owen, Assistant Director of Property & Campus Services
    • Dr Iestyn Pierce, Head of the School of Electronics Engineering
    • Dr Kevin Mundy University Secretary and Director of Planning & Governance
    • Mr Gareth Wyn Jones Head of Health and Safety
    • Carl Shipton, Head of Operational Finance
    • Dr Einir Young, Director of Sustainability

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