We work closely with residents, businesses and other organisations to make sure that the benefits of our success are shared by the local community. We have an 'open campus' policy where we encourage local residents to make use of our campus grounds and sporting facilities.
We also encourage and facilitate action on sustainability issues by our staff, students and partners.
The University has launched a Green Impact programme, aimed primarity at syaff, to support and recognise their efforts to 'green' their working environment.
The University of York Sustainability Forum was formed by members of staff in 2009. It campaigns on sustainability issues related to the University's activities, with key focuses on transport, energy, biodiversity and food.
Through college and University life, and inspired by York's very active student community, students become engaged in a number of issues related to environmental sustainability, Fairtrade and social justice.
We work closely with local residents, businesses and City of York Council to ensure that the benefits of our success are shared by our local community. We encourage visitors onto campus and have created a wonderful local amenity with the woodlands and wildlife making up our campuses.
We are continuing to develop these facilities, with woodland and lakeside walks in progress as part of the new Heslington East campus. The latest edition to this is the 24 hectare woodland planted as one of 60 sites chosen around the country to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
Other local and outreach benefits to the community include:
Our world-leading research into sustainability and environmental issues, recently ranked 2nd in the UK, has given rise to a large number of national and international partnerships between the University and other high-profile organisations.
Did you know...?
- More than 20,000 people visit campus every year to participate in activties like our public lectures series
- Around 200 pupils come onto campus as part of the science trail
The 2011 pilot festival attracted more than 8000 people to over 20 events across the city of York.
- Public lectures
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