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Get Involved in Sustainability 

The University runs many projects to help get staff and students involved in sustainabilty. Explore the projects below to find out more about how you can join in and take part!

Sustainable York Guide

Watch our updated Sustainable York Guide:

We also have a Accessible Version of the Sustainable York Guide - SYG Accessible (PDF , 135kb)

We have used the One Planet Living Framework to give you an overview of what you need to know about sustainability on campus and in the city, and importantly how you can get involved!

Get Involved with Green Impact

Departments across the university are going green and they need your help!

Staff and PGs can work together towards an award with Green Impact, by taking simple actions and encouraging others in their department to do the same.

The Green Impact program has a lot to offer and is highly flexible. It can be as simple completing the defined list of actions such as switching off lights or as detailed as you devising and running your own sustainability project. At the end of the year, depending on how much you have done you could get one of 5 levels of award at our Green Impact Awards Lunch!

If you are passionate about sustainability and want to find out more about making a difference on campus then drop us an email at to enquire about joining/starting a team in your department.

Get involved with our Sustainability Programmes

Student volunteers needed:

We have a range of volunteering opportunities available for students to be involved in.  Full training will be given and your experience can count towards your York Award:

Sign up as a Student Switch Off Ambassador if you live in a college on campus and you want to help us to encourage your fellow students to save energy and recycle better

Get involved in Green Impact as a Project Assitant working with a team throughout the year to help them achieve their Green Impact Award.  Sign up as a GIPA in the Autumn Term.

Once the hard-working Green Impact teams submit their workbooks in April, we start looking for student volunteer Auditors. These volunteers will undertake IEMA-approved training prior to being given the opportunity to audit teams of staff across the University. Look out for adverts on plasma screens and in your college newsletters to sign up for the training in April 2020

We are always on the lookout for volunteers to setup and run events during our One Planet Week (Week 6 Spring Term).  Email for more details or look out for adverts on the OPW20 section of our webpages

Green Impact


A greening programme open to all staff members and postgraduates.

One Planet Week 

One Planet Week (OPW) runs every year during Week 6, Spring Term to celebrate sustainability research and work completed at the University of York. Our objective is to provide a "platform from which to promote awareness, and share knowledge and actions on sustainability to staff, students and the wider community". The week includes a range of workshops, seminars and social events. So there is lots to get involved in! Look out for updates on #OPW20 with the theme of Zero Carbon on our social media

Green Spotlight


is a weekly café that serves meals sourced from surplus food destined for landfill. The café provides a place for the community to come together, make friends and tackle the issue of food waste on a local level. It is run completely by passionate volunteers and works on a pay-as-you-feel basis


The pay-as-you-feel cafe is open on Wednesdays between 11 & 2pm, serving drinks and food.  You are welcome to go any time for as long or as little as you like.


Tang Hall Community Centre

Fifth Avenue, YO31 0UG

Fill Bellies Not Bins

YourCafe recruits student volunteers to help run the cafe and assist in their work. See for details.


Student Switch Off

An energy saving competition for students in halls of residence.

Other Projects

Within the University:

In the City of York: 

  • St Nicholas Fields - off Lawrence Street, St Nicks enable people to move towards a sustainable future.
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Trust - Protecting wildlife, educating, influencing and empowering people.
  • City of York Council's climate change page - information on past & current projects as well as tips for greening your home.

Green Spotlight


Toilet Twinning is the York branch of the campaign to fund sanitation facilities for some of the poorest communities in the world, with an aim to twin every toilet on campus. 2.4 billion people worldwide lack access to a toilet, with a third of all schools lacking access to safe water and sanitaitation, with 1.4 million children dying each year due to contact withhuman faeces - more than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combines. Each toilet costs £60 to twin, with a focus on twinning four for £240 to build an entire block of toilets for a school. For more information and to donate, visit the York Toilet Twinning website.






Did you know… 

Our campus holds many Green Flag awards, as well as being a Green Heritage Site!

Did you know… 

None of the waste from University goes to landfill! It is sent to Allerton for anaerobic digestion.

Did you know… 

In January 2019, YORCUP saved 900 disposable coffee cups per day and raised £4,445.80 through the Latte Levy

Did you know… 

You can hire a bike for free from James, Halifax, Goodricke and Kings’ Manor. Join the cycle pool scheme!

Did you know… 

Every year we host One Planet Week in Spring Term Week 6, to raise awareness for sustainable issues.

Did you know… 

Over 3 years, York Print Plus (YPP) will save over 24.5 million sheets of paper

Did you know… 

Changing lifestyles can reduce carbon emissions by 30% - check out Green Impact & Student Switch off to see what you can do.

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