Date of Establishment - June 2020 (Sustainability Steering Group) and September 2021 (Sustainable Development Committee)

Chair and Administrative Support Area

  • Chair: Senior Vice-Principal
  • Clerk: Senior Vice-Principal’s Office

Committee Governance

The following points should be noted:

  • The Committee will report directly to the Policy and Resources Committee.
  • The Committee is expected to normally meet once per quarter.
  • The Committee will have the discretion to create sub-groups, as and when appropriate.
  • Paperwork for each meeting will be co-ordinated in advance and circulated by the Clerk, normally at least five working days prior to each meeting.
Purpose and Remit

Purpose

The Sustainable Development Committee co-ordinates the development, implementation and review of the activities which underpin our commitment to sustainability as outlined in the Aberdeen 2040 strategic plan.  

Remit

  • Oversee the development and implementation of an institutional Action Plan that aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and enables us to fulfil our commitment to sustainability as outlined in the Aberdeen 2040 strategic plan:
    • Encourage everyone within our community to work and live sustainably, recognising the importance of our time, energy and resilience;
    • Educate all our students and staff to be leaders in protecting the environment;
    • Excel in research that addresses the climate emergency, enables energy transition and the preservation of biodiversity; and
    • Achieve net zero carbon emissions before 2040.
       
  • Monitor and evaluate progress against the Action Plan and associated KPIs, making supportive and constructive recommendations to enhance effectiveness and implement remedial actions as required;
     
  • Establish and support workstreams as appropriate to fulfil the institutional commitment to sustainability, monitoring their progress and providing oversight, guidance and support as required;
     
  • Scan the external horizon to ensure the University (i) continues to meet legislative/regulatory compliance requirements and (ii) considers current best practice guidelines in relation to sustainability;
     
  • Ensure effective communication with the University community and external stakeholders to enhance understanding of, and engagement with, the sustainability agenda and the achievement of the aims outlined within the institutional Action Plan. 
Composition and Membership

Composition

Membership

Chair

Karl Leydecker

Vice-Principal (Global Student Recruitment)

Alan Speight

Vice Principal (Research)

Marion Campbell

Vice-Principal (Regional Engagement & Regional Recovery)

Pete Edwards

Vice-Principal (Education)

Ruth Taylor

University Secretary & Chief Operating Officer

Tracey Slaven

Director of People

Debbie Dyker

Director of Estates and Facilities

Angus Donaldson

Director of Finance

David Beattie

Director of Planning

Hulda Sveinsdottir

Director of Research & Innovation

Liz Rattray

Director of External Relations

Jenny Fernandes

Director of Digital & Information Services

Brian Henderson

Acting Director of Centre for Energy Transition

Tavis Potts

Academic Lead for Environment and Biodiversity Interdisciplinary Challenge

David Burslem

UCU Representative

Adam Price

Unison Representative

Kenneth Sadler

Unite Representative

Ruth Slater

2 x Elected Senators

Yukie Tanino

Neil Vargesson

Policy Adviser (Sustainability)

Fraser Lovie

Energy Manager

Vacancy

Head of Procurement

Helane Gannicliffe

Qatar Campus Representative

Nadia Degama

3 x AUSA Representatives

Alisa Koester

Camilo Torres-Barragan

Joseph Huttich

PGR Representative

Josefine Bjorkvist

Clerk

Heather Crabb


If additional information or consultation is required on any aspect of business under consideration, the Committee will co-opt individuals (internal and/or external to the University) as advisory members.  It is anticipated that colleagues involved in key operational areas e.g. energy, transport and waste management will contribute to the Committee’s discussions on a regular basis.

COMMITTEE GOVERNANCE

The following points should be noted:

•    The Committee will report to the Policy and Resources Committee via the Senior Management Team.
•    The Committee is expected to normally meet once per quarter.
•    The Committee will have the discretion to create sub-groups, as and when appropriate.
•    Paperwork for each meeting will be co-ordinated in advance and circulated by the Clerk, normally at least five working days prior to each meeting.

Agenda and Minutes

Agenda

2021

2020

 


Minutes

2021

2020