A further education college uses formal environmental training to help meet its carbon management plan targets.

Myerscough College (Environmental Training)

The challenge

Myerscough College, near Preston, specialises in education & training for the land-based and sports industries and caters for around 6,000 students.

The College embarked on an ambitious 5-year Carbon Management Plan with the aim of reducing its carbon footprint by 35% from 2008/9 to 2016/17.  Efficiency measures and technologies play a part in this but the organisation felt a significant part of the planned reduction should be associated with changes in people’s behaviour, i.e. staff and students.

Training was therefore identified as an important component of the Plan. One of the Plan’s actions specified that ‘all staff and students are given formalised training in Carbon Management’. The plan also stated that, in the longer term, staff should gain some form of ‘accredited qualification’ to support the College’s energy efficiency ambitions.

The solution

One of Newground's experienced trainers worked with Myerscough College to identify a solution tailored to its needs.

It was decided in-house training was most appropriate and the CIEH Level 2 Award in Environmental Principles and Best Practice was an ideal training course to provide selected staff with a sound background knowledge in key environmental  topics, such as Resource Efficiency, Environmental Legislation, Carbon Management and Environmental Management Systems.

Twelve staff were chosen to be the first trained; they were considered to be staff who potentially could have the maximum impact around the College campus. The major factor considered was that they spent the vast majority of their time working in one particular area of the campus and had the potential to influence others’ behaviour.

How we made a difference

Newground has assisted Myerscough College with a key target within its Carbon Management Plan and has provided staff with knowledge that will be key to embedding a carbon management culture within the organisation. All twelve staff successfully completed the course and have since gained a recognised qualification.

 

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