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Sustainability governance and operations


Responsibility for sustainability lies with Jim Andrews, BU's Chief Operating Officer. Read more about Jim’s role.

BU has a Sustainability Committee (pdf 200kb) which meets quarterly, chaired by Stuart Laird, Director of Estates, as a member of University Leadership Team. The committee also has representatives from SUBU, the Academic Faculties, Estates, Facilities Management, the Sustainability Team, IT and Procurement. Students are also represented on BU committees. Take a look at the latest annual report (pdf 392kb) from the Sustainability Committee.

BU has a Sustainability Policy (pdf 72kb) which is signed off by the Sustainability Strategy Group and reviewed annually. This policy and our continued engagement with BU staff and students has influenced our new BU2025 strategy which specifies how sustainability will be embedded further into BU life in the next seven years.

BU has been implementing an Environmental and Energy Management System since 2008 and we achieved certification to both ISO14001:2015 (EcoCampus Platinum) and ISO50001:2018 in November 2020.

As part of the Environmental and Energy Management System BU has set out its key environmental objectives which can be seen in the Objectives Register (pdf 190kb).

BU has also completed the Sustainability Leadership Scorecard (pdf 1.3mb) and the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings for the past two years to benchmark our performance across all sustainability activities and identify opportunities for improvement. This has also allowed us to review activities against the UN Sustainable Development Goals (pdf 197kb).

BU’s Sustainability Team

There is a dedicated team of full-time sustainability staff in the estates department who are responsible for ensuring BU's day-to-day operations minimise the risk to the environment and enhance positive impacts. The team works closely with staff and students from about BU and SUBU, and students at all levels across BU to implement our sustainability vision.

Neil Smith – Sustainability Manager

Neil leads the sustainability team and manages the Environmental Management System.

Eleanor Wills – Sustainability Support Officer 

Eleanor supports the team on a number of sustainability topics, and also runs the staff and student engagement activities.

Dave Archer – Energy Manager 

Dave manages BU’s energy and water use, and also oversees the implementation of the Carbon Management Plan.

Laura Bellamy – Sustainability & Energy Analyst

Laura proactively uses energy and water data to identify opportunities for utility, carbon and financial savings.

Michael Diamond – Energy Officer

Michael manages campus meters and infrastructure to ensure we have accurate and robust data and manage the Building Management System, and to optimise building performance.

Richard Wintrip – Travel and Transport Manager

Richard is responsible for encouraging staff and students to travel more sustainably to and from BU and for achieving the changes set out in BU's Travel Plan.

Lauren Duff – Travel and Transport Co-ordinator

Lauren supports the Travel and Transport Manager in implementing the BU Travel Plan.

Dean Pinfield – Car Park Supervisor

Dean manages parking operations at our BU Talbot Campus, ensuring our visitors receive an excellent customer service experience.

Mark Hammond – Car Park Attendant

Mark provides parking operational support for BU Car Park sites, ensuring our visitors receive an excellent customer service experience. 

Dawn Burridge – Volunteering and Sustainability Coordinator (Students’ Union at Bournemouth University)

Dawn oversees the work of the Sustainability Action Hub, and also ensures that SUBU is continually improving their sustainability via Green Impact.

Gillian Lewis – Community Projects Lead (Students’ Union at Bournemouth University)

Gillian leads the community team and works to keep strong relationships between students and the local community.

And all our partners at Chartwells, SUBU, Interserve, Mitie and others at BU who support our sustainability vision.


The team manages a revenue budget of about £2M and also a carbon management fund of £7M for projects to 2025. Sustainability is a key priority at BU and the team has an annual budget to help deliver sustainability projects, such as Green Rewards and Student Switch-Off projects.

Staff inductions

All new staff at BU attend a one-day induction event which the sustainability team attends to explain about the importance of sustainability both at BU and in the wider community, what we do at BU to improve our environmental performance and how staff can get involved. Inductions take place every six-eight weeks with 30-40 new staff members attending each time and new starters are welcomed with a reusable cup to use at drinks outlets across campus.

Student inductions

All new students at BU have to complete an online induction workbook which includes a section on sustainability and policies at BU. All students are also given a Little Green Guide which remains available all year round in the Student Centre.

You can view the Little Green Guide (pdf 489kb) online. 

Any new students living in halls will now also have the chance to get involved with sustainable events and activities run by the Green Resident Assistants. Check out the ResLifeBU page to find out more.


BU2025, our updated University strategy which has sustainability at its heart, was a chance for the whole of BU to feedback and shape the aims for the next seven years. It uses the BU Fusion model to ensure sustainability is embedded into the practice, education, and research, and that all three areas enrich one another. You can read more about how feedback has shaped the strategy via the link above.