TyneMet College is celebrating after winning another prestigious accolade to add to the awards and titles accumulated recently.

The College has been working continuously to reduce their carbon foot print and in 2013 was awarded this Bronze Award in Carbon Reduction by the Green North Tyneside Partnership. This month the College was delighted to receive confirmation that their continued hard work and determination of the dedicated Carbon Reduction Team at TyneMet has paid off and the College has now been awarded the Silver Award.

To progress from Bronze to Silver the College was required to develop a number of practices and processes to support the reduction of their carbon foot print. These included; producing a simple carbon reduction action plan, development of a communications strategy, staff training and reviewing their reduction targets.

To comply with the above, the College invited staff to volunteer to become members of the Carbon Reduction Team. The nominated team of seven have so far; implemented processes to record accurate data to help calculate actual carbon foot print reduction, identified areas on site where energy saving measures can be implemented, looked at the importance of energy efficient equipment and have appointed environmental champions.

Jon Vincent, Principal and Chief Executive of TyneMet College, said:

“TyneMet is very keen to continue to help reduce its carbon footprint and create a healthy environment for future generations. We are delighted to have been awarded the Silver level accreditation and I am sure that we will continue to work towards meeting the criteria to apply for the Gold level award in the future.

TyneMet is also proud to announce that following a recent Ofsted the College was awarded the rating of ‘Good’, Grade 2; marking another excellent achievement for our staff and students.

This Silver award along with our Ofsted report and other accolades such as Better Health at Work Continuing Excellence award, Autism Accreditation from the National Autistic Society and IIP Silver status from Investors In People, is testament to the efforts of the teams across the College to continuously improve and create for our students and local community a centre of excellence to support the local economy and their aspirations.”

Ian McKee, Chair of the Green North Tyneside Partnership, said:

“The TyneMet Team should be congratulated on the commitment they have shown in achieving the Silver Standard Award in Carbon Reduction. The effort that has been put into this process builds on already established good working practice and will assist with the next stage in attaining the Peer Reviewed Gold Standard. “

For more information about courses at TyneMet College, call and speak to a student advisor on 0191 229 5000, email enquiries@tynemet.ac.uk or visit the website www.tynemet.ac.uk