After becoming the first English university to secure EcoCampus Platinum status in 2010, and being named ‘Sustainability Institution of the Year’ in the 2019 Green Gown Awards, which recognised exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges, the University is looking to continue developing and improving its Green campus.
Barclays funding is already helping to improve energy efficiency and waste reduction at the University’s sports arena, whilst there are plans for campus-wide LED lighting, electric vehicles, charging points and solar panels.
Katy Boom, the University’s Director of Sustainability, said: “One of the University’s core values is to promote sustainable development. We work hard with our staff, students, governors and the wider community to look at ways to reduce our impact and to encourage more sustainable ways to live. This funding from Barclays is very welcome in helping us to achieve our goals.”
Professor David Green CBE, the University’s Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, said: “Successive University strategic plans have emphasised the importance of sustainability and inclusion in all we do. This has been empowering for students, staff and partners.
“Of course, this needs sustained, scientifically informed investment. We are delighted that Barclays, our long-standing partner, has approached us to enable us to progress even more rapidly in becoming carbon neutral.”
Claire Hackett, Barclays Relationship Director, said: “We have developed a strong working relationship with the University of Worcester over a number of years, and we had no hesitation in supporting them with this Green Asset Finance deal. This funding contributes to the university achieving its sustainability goals, and underlines our commitment to higher education institutions within the public sector.”