Sustainability and Climate Change
The climate crisis means that individuals and institutions need to act now to limit global warming and reduce the impact of the biggest threat our society faces in climate change.
There are two key elements to our Sustainability Strategy at BHASVIC:
1. BHASVIC aims to be a Net Zero organisation by 2030
2. We will educate our students so they are Carbon Literate citizens
1. Carbon Reduction
BHASVIC has pledged to become NetZero by 2030 in line with the aspirations of Brighton and Hove City Council. We have calculated our 2019 Carbon Footprint with the help of the Carbon Trust and the report can be viewed here:
Our journey towards being a Net Zero organisation is set out by the FE Climate Action Roadmap which can be viewed here. In October 2020 we jointly pledged with Brighton’s two other colleges, GBMet and Varndean to adopt this roadmap and become leading institutions by 2023. The Latest News story regarding this collaborative venture can be seen here.
BHASVIC’s progress against the FE Climate Action Roadmap can be viewed below:
In Autumn 2021, we commissioned the Carbon Trust to compile an Action Plan to help us meet our 2030 NetZero target which can be seen below.
BHASVIC NetZero 2030 Action Plan
We are now completing Heat Pump feasibility surveys for our buildings as we look to replace boilers from 2026. As the National Grid will not be fully decarbonised by 2030 we will still generate an estimated 200 tonnes of C02 annually. We are working with our students and other stakeholder groups to begin to discuss how we might best offset our emissions to stay true to our NetZero ambition by 2030.
2. Carbon Literacy
BHASVIC is one of the first colleges to offer students a Carbon Literacy qualification (in partnership with the CarbonLiteracy.com). In July 2021 over 200 students completed a level 3 qualification in Carbon Literacy. BHASVIC, Varndean, GBMet and Plumpton College formed a Pilot group to offer this qualification
Principal William Baldwin said “we were delighted to be asked to pilot the Carbon Literacy qualification. A key part of the FE climate roadmap is to ensure that all students are educated around issues of climate change and sustainability. This qualification provides an accessible platform for students to develop their understanding as well as challenging them to change their behaviours. Over 200 students have completed this course so far as an additional element of their main studies – this shows that students want to be both engaged and informed. We want to raise a generation of teenagers in Brighton and Sussex to understand these issues because we are not going to meet local, national and international emissions targets without individuals changing their behaviour.”
- Carbon Literacy Qualification – A short L3 course developed in partnership with The Carbon Literacy Project which raises awareness and gives the tools and an important platform for student voice and action.
- Embedding Carbon Literacy – Training and supporting tutors to develop meaningful ways to incorporate Carbon Literacy and develop accompanying resources for existing courses across a range of subject areas.
- Masterclasses – Opportunities for students and tutors across a range of subject areas to experience workshops led by professionals working in the green industries or sustainability or research sectors.
Every year we build on previous work to become a Greener organisation. We will report progress against future targets to cut waste and meet our 2030 Net Zero ambitions here.
The Association of Colleges Green College Commitment sets out the critical role of colleges in achieving net zero and biodiversity ambitions.
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