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Brighton MET Launches Decarbonisation Academy

23 May 2023

Brighton MET College are setting their sights on a more sustainable future by teaming up with Greener Sussex to establish a Decarbonisation Academy. Greener Sussex have selected five colleges across the county to take part in the project including East Sussex College and Plumpton College. The goal of the programme is to teach the local community about sustainable building practices.

The Decarbonisation Academy will be based at Brighton MET’s East Campus and will be led by Chris Ferguson, it will offer a range of green construction courses both online and at the campus including a free Opening Doors introductory course to be held over the summer. This is a practical introduction to construction & plumbing including a sustainability based project. One student had this to say about the course; “I have learnt about sustainability during my time with the college and it has brought me a new perspective, something I did not expect to leave the course with.”

The main focus of these courses is to help adult learners and young people upskill and learn about sustainable construction. Alongside the range of courses, we are also offering electric vehicle charging installation at Northbrook College’s Shoreham Airport Campus. 

As part of the Decarbonisation Academy the MET are also retrofitting a bungalow at its East Campus, the building will meet green credentials and be used as a learning hub for students to develop their skills come September. It will include the following sustainable installations; solar panels on the roof, a ground source heat pump, underfloor insulation and fenestration modifications. 

Brighton MET are excited to begin this new chapter in their green initiative, with the help of Greener Sussex. By taking inspiration from colleges like East Sussex, we can all look forward to a more sustainable future.