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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 Strategy

Our plans for a more sustainable future.

2020/21 Green Impact Award action toolkits are now live

Find out how to get involved and have your sustainable practises at work recognised on our Green Impact page.

Green Impact Awards

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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