BHASVIC AND THE ENVIRONMENT
BHASVIC Environmental & Sustainability Policy
Brighton’s three colleges – BHASVIC, GBMET and Varndean have jointly pledged their commitment to the recently released FE Climate Roadmap with all three aiming to be ‘leading’ institutions by 2023.
The Principals of BHASVIC (William Baldwin) and Varndean (Donna-Marie Janson) and acting CEO of GBMET (Andy Green) commented that ‘Climate change is without doubt the single biggest issue that our students consistently raise and care passionately about. There is now a moral imperative for every organisation to take steps to quickly and drastically address their own sustainability. As leaders of institutions that account for over 90% of places for educating 16-19 year olds in the city, we need show our students that we are acting now, acting quickly and acting together’.
Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas said ‘This is a brilliant move by our three colleges, joining forces and responding to the voices of young people to take action on the climate emergency, with meaningful targets to achieve. Brighton and Hove are showing the way in responding to the crisis, and it's fantastic to see BHASVIC, Varndean and GBMET be part of this’.
You will be able to follow our progress against this roadmap and our own targets in due course.
On 11 February 2016 BHASVIC was awarded 'Green Flag' status for continued excellence in improving it's environmental performance.
We at BHASVIC are aware that keeping our students hydrated will aid them to perform at their very best throughout the College day. As a result, we decided to invest in water coolers from AquAid. Our unique relationship with AquAid has also given our college the opportunity to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Our decision to install some water cooler from AquAid means that for each machine that we have, we have donated £20 per year per cooler to The Africa Trust. Through our contributions to The Africa Trust, we have had three ‘Elephant Pumps’ installed in Africa on our behalf. These pumps bring much needed, clean, fresh drinking water and improve the quality of life of those who will have access to the wells. Our college name is displayed proudly on the wells and we have received letters of thanks and the photos below from the villages.
BHASVIC students compete in Greenpower electric car challenge
Oliver Lainchbury, Phil Edwards (Weald Technology) Matthew Dumbrill, Emilia Cross, Peter Golton (physics teacher) Harry Tipton, Ethan Roberts, Connor Ford-Osbourne, Hugo Watkinson, Liam Veeder-Sweeney
A team of BHASVIC physics students has successfully built and raced an electric car as part of the national Greenpower competition, winning an award in the process.
Greenpower is an excellent opportunity for students to experience a real engineering challenge so when Phil Edwards from Weald Technology offered to support a team with 3D CAD training, specifically for Greenpower, it was too good an opportunity to miss. In January 2017, 30 students joined the course which showed how to build a virtual 3D gearbox assembly.
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