College’s green credentials put in line for two national awards

Solar panels on the roof of Rugby College.
Solar panels on the roof of Rugby College.

WARWICKSHIRE College has been shortlisted for two national Further Education Awards by the Times Educational Supplement (TES).

The college has been shortlisted in two categories - ‘advanced practice in sustainability’ and ‘outstanding estates team’.

The winners of these awards will be announced in London on November 11.

The college has been committed to sustainability – good environmental practice – for many years involving staff and students in a range of initiatives. For students, this has included ‘green theme weeks’, lunchtime debates and understanding the impact of their behaviour on the world around them.

College development projects have included using sustainable technologies in new buildings, reducing paper consumption by 20 per cent and reducing general waste collection by 30% in favour of recycling.

These improvements also helped the college on its way to its second award nomination – for ‘outstanding estates team’.

The estates team look after the built and landscaped environment for six college sites in Leamington, Warwick, Henley-in-Arden, Moreton Morrell, Pershore and Rugby. The team have overseen several new builds, including the Rugby centre and halls of residence at Leamington and Pershore, as well as refurbishing existing buildings.

Principal and CEO, Mariane Cavalli, said: “Sustainability is part of our college values and has been adopted wholeheartedly by staff and students alike. Our achievements in this area have been outstanding – for example, the new Rugby centre uses just a third of the energy used by the previous centre. Our estates team have done a great job of improving the college facilities, with renovations and rebuilds that are efficient and provide great resources for students.”