Our Sustainability Plan
Our Sustainability Plan sets out how we as an institution intend to tackle the current and future challenges we face in order to become sustainable, including how we can play a part in creating a sustainable world.
The plan aims to embed sustainability into our core functions of teaching and research, while setting ambitious goals for net zero carbon emissions, partnerships, reduced consumption and improved health and wellbeing.
Sustainability is at the heart of the University’s strategic aims and is of crucial importance to our future.
We are proud to declare our commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions on campus by 2030, part of the 2021-2030 Sustainability Plan.
Guided by Sustainable Development Goals
To ensure we coordinate our actions to support the global sustainability agenda, our plan is framed around the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
We have chosen to prioritise the SDGs where we can make the most significant impact and use these to focus our actions, while continuing work against the remaining SDGs where applicable.
We will ensure all our are equipped to become leaders of change who are able to take action on the most pressing global issues including sustainability and climate change.
Undertake teaching activities in the most sustainable manner.
Empower students to make a positive sustainable impact.
Equip students with practical knowledge of sustainability actions.
We will be a global leader in sustainability research and sustainable development, developing interdisciplinary understanding and solutions to key local, regional and global sustainability challenges.
A research strategy
We will develop and implement a Strategy for Sustainability Research
A code of practise
We will develop a Code of Practice for Sustainability Research at the University
We shall manage our estate operations, teaching and research activities so their carbon emissions have a minimum contribution to climate change, and enable us to cope with future impacts.
Minimise the impact our operations have on climate change by becoming carbon neutral in all our activities.
Create a campus estate and governance that is lean and agile to effectively adapt to climate change.
Sustainable Cities and Communities
We will focus our research, teaching, resources, knowledge and networks to help create a sustainable future that addresses societal needs and empowers civic engagement.
Create a framework for achieving city and community solutions to the climate crisis.
Facilitate sustainable solutions to civic, business and community-led challenges.
A place-making approach
Develop a place-making approach to space usage and operation
Responsible Production and Consumption
We will utilise our size and influence to drive the sustainability agenda forward; undertaking positive impact investments, engaging and challenging suppliers, and reducing our environmental impacts.
Ensure that our University investments generate a positive sustainability impact.
Of all key suppliers, working with them to improve their sustainability.
Minimising the amount we consume while reducing the impact of our waste creation.
Health and Wellbeing
Our staff and students will benefit from a healthy mind and body; through interacting with our wellbeing programmes, natural grounds initiatives, and buildings designed for the health and wellbeing of occupants.
Promote and encourage positive student health and wellbeing.
Offer new, accessible approaches to health and wellbeing for staff in the workplace.
Create a campus that supports health and wellbeing of its users via nature and outdoor activity.