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Sustainability Group


The College's Sustainability Group is here to address climate change and ecological destruction to meet the UK Government's target to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

We are positively engaging with staff, students, and the community to develop the college’s sustainability agenda. We aim to embed climate responsibility into strategic planning, governance and staff development; this will help us to make changes and improvements on all campuses and in the local area.

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Some of the initiatives that the college is delivering and looking to develop further include improved recycling, reduced food wastage, rewilding, greener outdoor spaces, less single use plastic, less print usage, electric vehicle charging options and various energy efficiency initiatives.

We are also looking to reach out to the local community. If you have any ideas or proposals, please get in touch. Email: sustainability@dncolleges.ac.uk.

Any staff or students who are also passionate about making a difference can get in touch!

Survey Information

The Sustainability Group developed and distributed a short online survey to students and staff to understand the appetite for action to combat climate change among the DN Colleges Group community and help to build the case for change.

Download Survey Results (pdf)

Meet the Team

Pete Doherty

Pete Doherty

In my role as Chief Operating Officer, I have strategic leadership responsibility for finance, estates and IT, all being key areas within the DN Colleges Group response to the global climate emergency.

As a member of the Senior Leadership Team and Chair of the College’s Sustainability Group, I am leading the College’s strategic objective to cultivate and drive forward an ambitious whole-College approach towards net-zero emissions and reducing environmental impact through innovation and collaboration.

Sarah Heseltine

Sarah Heseltine

My role is to engage staff, students, and the local community to think and act more sustainable and to help improve climate change in the local area. It’s my job to encourage more individuals to get on board across DN Colleges Group!

Dan Bown

Dan Bown

Within my role at DN Colleges Group, I work within the Higher Education Departments at University Campus North Lincolnshire and University Centre Doncaster. The Life Science department includes the natural science and animal welfare programmes. I deliver the Ecology and Conservation module on the FdSc Animal Welfare Science programme where we delve into the interactions animals have with nature and each other. I am very excited about the potential improvements the Sustainability Group can make to both the North Lindsey and Doncaster campuses.

Jayne Kelly

Jayne Kelly

I’m a Subject Specialist Lecturer in Social Science at UCNL. I became involved with the Sustainability Group due to the increasing interest from my students in tackling climate change. Their passion has inspired me to personally do more to help the environment at home, in my workplace and in the curriculum that I teach.

Julie Muleba

Julie Muleba

This is my twentieth year working at Doncaster College. My current role is Additional Learning Support tutor; I meet learners on a one-to-one basis to help them develop their maths and English skills so that they can successfully complete their main programmes in FE. It is rewarding work. I have seen a lot of changes since I first started working here, and I really welcome this drive towards becoming an eco-friendly college. As soon as I heard about the climate action group, I wanted to give my support in any way possible.

Peter Dennington

Peter Dennington

I work as a 3rd line IT Engineer in the Infrastructure department, resolving backend issues and helping to implement new IT Systems.

After learning more about what causes damage to the environment and leading causes to climate change, I started making changes to the things I do and buy to reduce the negative effects on the world around me. I joined the group to share my ideas on what the group can do to also reduces its environmental impact. I believe the use of technology and raising awareness with students will bring a new generation into playing their part in protecting the environment.

Sophie Hibbert

Sophie Hibbert

I am the Student Union and Engagement Officer at North Lindsey College. I wanted to be involved in this group to help get students on board and encourage them to use their voice on the subject of sustainability at college. It is really important for us as a college to have students involved in work we do.

Becky Cowdell

Becky Cowdell

I have worked across various areas at North Lindsey College over the past 13 years and have recently been appointed as the new Contracts and Compliance Manager, based in the Estates Team. I’m really excited to be part of the DN Colleges Sustainability Group and will be working with the team to ensure that greener practices are embedded into new contracts moving forward.

Andrea E Ward

Andrea E Ward

Andrea is a governor for Doncaster colleges group and has a keen interest in developing everyone to play their part in sustaining our environment. Sustaining our environment can be achieved through small changes to our own behaviour and ways of working so it’s important for everyone to take that first small step to make a difference to our future and the future of others.