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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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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 72,300 single-use cups saved

And over £22,000 raised through the YORCUP and latte levy schemes in their first seven months.

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.

On campus energy

We generate heat and electricity on campus and use renewable energy for all electricity from the National Grid.

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.

Cop 26 York logo

COP26 may have ended but you can still see our ‘Research with a View’ exhibition online. 

This exhibition features images of University of York researchers' climate change-related studies. From the Arctic to here in York, it’s a snapshot of the vital work under way at the University.

See the exhibition

The Environmental Sustainability Academy at York

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

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

Discover the Academy

One Planet Week 2021

If you missed any of this years culture and community focused One Planet Week, recordings of many of the sustainability themed events, discussions and debates are now available to view on the Sustainability YouTube Channel.

Catch up on One Planet Week 2021

Working from home?

Here are some ideas for actions you can take while you are working from home to live and work more sustainably.

Reduce your carbon footprint

At the heart of our research

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

Our research

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