We are a leading sustainable college
Harrow College is committed to achieving a sustainable future for ourselves and generations to come. As part of our responsible governance programme, one of our Key Performance Indicators is, “to actively promote a culture of environmental sustainability.” This is included in our main Strategic Objective which is: “To become an outstanding provider as recognised by Ofsted”.
We are proud that Harrow College was the first general further education (FE) college to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard in 2011.The accreditation lasts for two years and we were re-certified in 2013, 2015 and again in 2017 with an outstanding score of 88% in carbon management ratings. We produced a 5 year Carbon Reduction Plan in 2010 to reduce our emissions by 25% and exceeded our target by reducing our emissions by 33% in only four years. We continue to strive to reduce our Carbon emissions and have produced a new five year Carbon Reduction Plan with 2016 as the base year, in order to reduce our footprint by a further 21%, in line with Government efforts to reduce climate change. Also since 2013 we have been accredited for the ISO14001 environmental management standard on an annual basis. Read our Environmental Policy Statement. Read about our Carbon Footprint.
Re-accredited for the CARBON TRUST STANDARD 2017
Harrow College obtained an overall absolute emissions reduction of 7.1% during the compliance period of 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2016. Read the certification report here.
ISO14001 Environmental Accreditation
Harrow College were accredited to the International Environmental Standard for the fourth year running in 2017 for our environmental management procedures. See our latest Environmental Management Strategy here.
Harrow College won as joint winner – for the LLDD Students' Bug Hotel project. The Ann Swaine award is a local award for educational environment projects. Click to see the entry presentation. The College had previously won this award in 2013 for the wildlife pond project. The details of the entry can be found here.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED in the GREEN GOWN AWARDS 2013
The College was a Finalist in the ‘Best Newcomer’ category and we were Highly Commended for our ‘Sustainability on a Shoestring!' project. The project reduced energy usage in existing, old, energy inefficient buildings on a limited budget by investing in low cost initiatives and facilitating behavioural changes among students and staff.
Harrow College was also shortlisted for the Times Educational Supplement FE national award for 'Outstanding practice in sustainability' 2012.
Our sustainability initiatives include:
• Fitting solar panels on buildings at both campuses, including our newest buildings
• Our new Enterprise Centre new Health & Social Care Building to be opened in September 2017, is being built to BREEAM Excellent standard
• The new Enterprise Centre has been awarded the BREEAM Excellent standard
• The new Spring House which was opened in 2016 was also built to BREEAM Excellent standard
• Installing power perfector voltage optimisers which reduced energy consumption by 10%
• Loft insultation and pipe insulation
• Installing newer, more efficient boilers
• Software installed to automatically turn off computers at the end of the day
• More efficient use of space
• Refurbishment of the science laboratories
• Fitting motion and solar controls to lighting in the toilets and corridors and some classrooms
• An on-going programme of replacing light bulbs with LED bulbs
• Purchasing new bins and re-cycling as much as possible
• Putting up bird nesting boxes and bat boxes on both campuses
• Setting up a wildlife meadows, pond and bug hotel at Harrow Weald
• Having 'Environmental' issues as a fixed agenda item in our termly Departmental Health, Safety and Environment Working Group meetings to discuss and action ideas for improvement
• Promoting cycling to get to College – we have secure cycle shelters and stands
• Organising an Environment Awareness Week each year
• Termly collections of re-usable/recyclable items for various charities
• We now keep chickens (in the courtyard of Spring House)
• The Student Council includes an Environment Officer position
• Having a monthly Environmental Issues blog
• Having an on-going “Switch it off” campaign to encourage staff and students to turn off appliances when not in use.
Harrow College participates in a scheme with WaterAid to donate a percentage of any savings on the College's water bills. In 2016 we were able to help bring clean and safe water supplies to over 85,570 people in Zambia. To read the complete report, please click here.
Environment Awareness Week
Previously called Sustainability Week, we now hold an Environment Awareness Week in March each year, which includes information stalls and activities on water, waste and refuse and recycling, bee-keeping, biodiversity, upcycling, solar power, electrical appliance recycling, and Fair Trade to name a few. The local Green Party also attended. At the 2017 event our Student Union representatives prepared and encouraged other students and staff to complete a questionnaire about how they travel to the college, many students produced environmental posters for the exhibition, a Padlet wall for people to record their sustainability tips was produced and recorded and we also had an electric car to demonstrate the future of motoring. We will encourage increased student participation in this event each year.
Green Travel Day
The London Cycling Campaign visit every year to give free maintenance checks on any bicycle brought on the day, plus advice on safer cycling and route planning, as well as the opportunity to try out some new bikes around the Campus. Harrow Council also offered courses to gain confidence in cycling. We encourage staff and students to cycle to College and provide secure sheds and cycle stands at both Campuses.
MONTHLY BLOGS – because environmental sustainability covers so many different topics, there is a sustainability blog on the Student Portal which features a different topic each month. There is a stall at the Freshers’ Fairs giving information, hints and tips on ways to help with sustainability at College and at home too.
TERMLY CHARITY COLLECTIONS – each term we choose up to 3 different charities who take donations of specific small items and we have a dedicated collection week and send or deliver them to the relevant charity. Mostly these are things which would normally be thrown away, so in a small way we are reducing the amount of rubbish going directly to landfill . . . ‘one man’s rubbish is another man’s gold’!
Since starting these collections in the Summer Term of 2015, we have donated items to six different charities:
• The Animal Welfare Trust Centre in Bushey welcomes donations of old sheets, duvet covers and towels to make beds for their animals. Several bags of these items were taken there by our LLDD students.
• Spec Savers branches collect old/unwanted pairs of glasses for the Vision Aid Overseas charity
• The Children’s Society collect foreign coins (even pre-Euro and pre-decimal British coins) and we donated the equivalent of about £90
• The College already supports Read International by donating old books from the Learning Resource Centres, however, a concerted effort added another 8 boxes to the collection. Any further donations can be given to the Learning Resource Centre on each Campus
• Working with West London Waste we hold an annual WEEE recycling week (waste electrical and electronic equipment) collecting small items resulting in 160 kg of items being recycled, not going to landfill.
• Plastic milk bottle lids, any colour, (they MUST have the symbol) are collected for the Air Ambulance charity. So far over 7 kg have been donated. The collection continues all year, at either Reception
• We collect used postage stamps for Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, donating over 500 g so far. These are collected all year, at Reception on each Campus
If you know of any other charities which we could support in a similar way (by collecting small items brought in by students and staff), please let the Estates Office know, via Reception. Look out for details of our next collection week via the Student Portal, television screens and emails.