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Sustainability at York

As an institution with both local roots and global reach, and at the leading edge of research and knowledge, sustainability is a key element of our responsibilities and values.

We're committed to continuing our progress to make our activities more sustainable in support of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Find out below what we're aiming for, what we're currently doing and how you can get involved.  

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Sustainability at York

I want the expertise and passion we have, including that of our students, to produce an evidenced plan of our response to the climate crisis; to think about reducing emissions, to think about how we can best deploy our research into industry and policy, and think about how we can best equip our students through what they study here, to embed sustainability in their careers.

Professor Charlie Jeffery, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of York.

100% divestment from fossil fuels

We are proud to say that we no longer have investments in the fossil fuel industry.

26,000kWh / year solar energy

Generated by 80 solar panels installed across our University campus.

Over 1 million single-use cups saved

Over 1 million single-use cups saved and over £54,000 raised through the YORCUP and latte levy schemes since January 2019.

Green flag campus

Since 2013, we've held the benchmark national standard for publicly accessible parks and green spaces in the UK.

Cycle friendly campus

We've received a gold award from Cycling-UK for being a cycle friendly employer.

Award-winning for Sustainability

We are ranked joint 36th in the world in the new Sustainability category (QS World University Rankings 2024)

What we're doing

How we're becoming a more sustainable University.

What you can do

Steps our staff and students can take towards living a more sustainable life.

Our Sustainability Plan

Our plans for a more sustainable future.

An annual progress report on the Sustainability Plan at the University of York in 2021/22

One year on from the launch of our Sustainability Plan 2021-2030 we are pleased to deliver our first annual Sustainability Report.

View the report

Student Sustainability Opportunities Hub

A space to discover sustainability-related opportunities that you can get involved with, from modules and courses to internships and volunteering.

Student opportunities

Supporting Action on Climate Change

We are part of a growing community of universities, special interest groups, businesses, and others working together to tackle the climate change crisis.

Take a look at the vital work under way at the University.

See our COP26 exhibition

See our latest COP27 activities

Environmental Sustainability at York (ESAY)

We are proud to announce the launch of Environmental Sustainability at York (ESAY) backed by a £1.3m investment.

ESAY brings together under one umbrella the environmental sustainability community at York.

Discover ESAY

One Planet Week 2023

Our theme for 2023 was Land and Nature. Find out more about the events run as part of our annual sustainability week and catch up on events you may have missed.

One Planet Week

At the heart of our research

Environmental sustainability and resilience is one of our seven research themes at the University of York.

Our research

Our people

We have dedicated staff members and groups working hard to progress sustainability on our campus.

Our people

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