September 2014

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Breaking news: the first set of results for the Recycling League are now in for the new academic year!  Congratulations to everyone in the Minghella building – you’ve achieved the top spot with a fantastic recycling rate of 88%, keep up the good work.

However, close on Minghella’s heels in joint second place are Whiteknights House and Central Catering (Park House and Eat @ The Square) with a brilliant recycling rate of 83%.

The current recycling rate target is 60% and 14 buildings and departments meeting or (vastly!) exceeding this.  Many more of you are not far from achieving this, so every can, bottle, paper cup and cardboard box counts!

If you would like to know where your department or building has come in the league this month, the full results are on the Clean and Green Recycling League web page.  If you have any recycling issue or ideas, please get in touch with


An outstanding achievement once again! The University of Reading’s Environmental Management System for Whiteknights and London Rd has achieved the international standard ISO 14001 and the EcoCampus Platinum award for the second time running!

An Environmental Management Systems (EMS) is a structured framework for managing the institute’s significant environmental impacts in order to move towards a more sustainable way of working.

Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell said: “The successful achievement of ISO 14001 is an important milestone in our commitment to minimise our effect on the environment. Staff, students and third party stakeholders can now have a degree of assurance that we are effectively managing our environmental obligations and continue to improve our performance.” 

The University of Reading has made huge advances in reducing waste production, increasing recycling, reducing its carbon footprint and rising awareness of the importance of the taking action to improve the environment around us and being sustainable. A follow up audit will be taking place next year to ensure that we continue to improve.


Our continued carbon reduction achievements have been recognised with two shortlistings for the national Sustainability Leaders Award run by edie.

We are one of 7 companies shortlisted in the Carbon Management category, recognising how we are building on our carbon emissions cuts of over 20% in the last 4 years.  Specifically, the shortlisting recognises how the tools we have developed are providing a clear vision of how we can continuously reduce our carbon emissions into the future.

Meanwhile, our shortlisting in the Energy Efficiency category recognises our achievements in cutting laboratory fume cupboard energy use, and the work that’s underway to replicate this across our entire estate.  This initiative has already been recognised with a Green Gown shortlisting.

We’re up against some tough competition in both categories and we’re looking forward to the winners being announced in November – fingers crossed!




The efforts to go green by the catering department have not gone unnoticed! This article by TUCO (Page24) highlights some great initiatives which have been possible through working with suppliers and staff to achieve some great results.  Good work UoR Catering!