To help focus actions on areas of significant environmental impact, a list of priorities for action in 2008/9 was devised by the Sustainable Aston Working Group.
For an update on how well we did on achieving these, you can download the 2008/09 Update, or for a more comprehensive overview of the last year, take a look at the SAWG Annual Report.
Reducing energy consumption by 3 per cent, with a programme of practical measures to phase out existing lighting with low energy equivalents, installing light sensors for public areas and raising awareness about switching off appliances when not in use. An example of this is the iconic blue lights of the Aston Business School, which are now linked to a sensor, so that on bright sunny days the lights are automatically switched off.
Supporting sustainable transport, the University will publish a Transport Action Plan, which commits us to a number of actions including new and improved cycle and motorcycle parking, discounted cycle loan scheme, discounted public transport season tickets and a car share database for drivers.
Communicating our carbon footprint, we have invested in real time carbon meters, which are being displayed on the plasma screens in the foyer of the Main Building. This is an innovative project, and Aston University is only the second organisation in the UK (after the Institution of Mechanical Engineers) to install such a system.