RIC Goes Green and Wins Environmental Award

The ISO 14001 certification is a globally recognised sign of a business commitment to going green. In achieving the benchmark, RIC demonstrated that it met high standards set out by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), had a systematic approach to environmental management and was dedicated to sustainable development. It is the same certification held by some of the UK universities most committed to the environment, including UCL, Bristol and Exeter.  

Neal Layton, ISO Coordinator at RIC said: “I am so proud of RIC achieving accreditation, we are one of a very few independent schools in the UK to achieve this internationally recognised award. The ISO 14001 accreditation process has focused our attention on issues such as waste management, energy consumption, transportation, packaging and materials use. Students and staff within the college are excited by the sustainability and carbon emission reduction projects we will be embarking upon over the coming months and years.”

Neal Layton, ISO coordinator

Alistair Brownlow, Principal at RIC adds: “It wasn’t accidental that the College grew up around a hidden garden which has itself won awards from The Kent Wildlife Trust. We have always developed the campus in a way that grew the historically distinctive site in an environmentally responsible way. Our students, many of whom are engaged by the climate change action movements, have been asking us to do even more as a school. Leaving spaces for nature and wildness is becoming more crucial for carbon sequestration and the garden is our own small contribution to that. When we have built on the site we’ve always done so in a responsible way- our underground theatre benefitted from low voltage electrical installation and modern construction techniques, combining to give the unique performance space a minimal carbon footprint. As we grow the College over the next five years we’ll be continuing this commitment. The ISO certification offers a transparent way of managing our environmental objectives and ensuring compliance with environmental legislation.”

Alistair Brownlow, Principal at RIC

To ensure continuing dedication to the ISO 14001 standard, each year an external audit is carried out by a third party to guarantee that everything is still in place and any improvements needed are addressed.

QMS Consultant who helped RIC achieve the standard said “By achieving ISO 14001 certification, RIC is able to demonstrate to clients, students and suppliers that the systems it has in place meet the high standards set out by the ISO. I was very impressed with the management team’s commitment to establishing clear processes from the outset so that all future procurement is environmentally minded.  The investment in people and training enables RIC to provide an environmentally aware service.”

Danny Littlechild

Contact: Neal Layton, Head of Careers and ISO Coordinator: neal.layton@rochester-college.org.uk 

RIC offers a fresh alternative to traditional independent education for students from the age of 11 to sixth form. There’s no uniform, students and staff are on first name terms and the average class size is 8. We focus on the highest levels of academic achievement while retaining a creative buzz. We provide first class GCSE and A level teaching, including successful retake programmes, to students aiming for top universities. RIC is a Dukes Education school. www.rochester-college.org

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