Sustainability at Harper Adams

Harper Adams University is firmly committed to sustainability in all areas of its operations as well as in helping to increase public awareness of sustainable technologies and provide learning opportunities through open days, seminars and conferences.

The operational management and implementation of sustainability at Harper Adams is coordinated through a five year Environmental Sustainable Strategy which fully outlines the University's aims for all areas of its operations, and which provides over 25 key sustainability indicators. There is also a five year Carbon Management Plan to 2015 with the plan to 2020 currently under review.

  • Sustainable Technologies on the University campus
    A number of technologies have been implemented either to reduce energy consumption or to replace fossil energy with renewable energy. These technologies include:
    three photovoltaic solar arrays on University buildings, sustainable building design in the Bamford Library and Jean Jackson Entomology building, solar thermal, electric vehicles to assist with recycling.
  • Embedding sustainability in the curriculum
    in environmental sustainability is reflected in our course content such as 'Life Cycle Assessment of Agricultural Production', 'Waste and Resource Management' and 'Sustainable Energy and The Rural Estate'.
  • Behavioural change
    The importance of recycling university resources and the involvement of staff and students in all aspects of sustainability is encouraged through awareness events, poster campaigns and networking groups.
  • Research to enhance knowledge
    e.g. research programmes to investigate the impact of agriculture on farmland birds and the use of digestate as a mechanism for nutrient recycling.
  • Developing a Sustainable Food Chain in University's Catering Department
    has been achieved through local food sourcing, provision of food products from the University Farm, purchase seasonal produce and Fairtrade items. Local suppliers are continuously being sought as well as increasing 'grown' or 'reared' on site.