Help local and regional organisations and businesses achieve their sustainability goals. Work with students from a range of disciplines on 'live' real world sustainability problems.
As part of a multidisciplinary team, you will have the opportunity to work with local and regional organisations, government, community groups, charities or businesses to help them find a solution to or better understand a real-life sustainability problem that matters to them. Problems will focus on a wide range of topics including, environmental quality and biodiversity; awareness raising and education; sustainable business, policy and regulation; and heritage and culture.
Your team will be supported throughout its project by dedicated training, a project facilitator and by having access to a team of experts from across the university who are available to provide advice.
Work with real clients
Help local and regional organisations achieve their sustainability goals
Collaborate with other students
Work in a dynamic group with students from different disciplines
A module for everyone
The module is open to students from all subject backgrounds
Work on 'live' projects that can be used to enhance your CV and future career
An interdisciplinary module
The Sustainability Clinic is part of our suite of York Interdisciplinary Modules (YIMs) and is available to choose as a 20-credit elective module in 2023/24. Students from all Departments/Schools across the University have an opportunity to take part (subject to timetabling availability/department constraints).
This module is a collaboration between the Environmental Sustainability at York (ESAY), Careers and Placements, the Baroness Hale Law Clinic and York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI).
Past clinic projects
In 2021 and 2022, the University of York ran two Sustainability Clinic pilot schemes. Here are some of the projects that our student teams took on as part of these pilots.
Sustainability action plans
Students worked in teams to create sustainability action plans using a sustainability audit tool for a variety of local organisations, including: Supersonic Gym, The Potions Cauldron, Rural Arts, and Park House Barns.
Students worked as a team to conduct baseline biodiversity surveys for Friends of Rowntree Park. They learned valuable surveying and project management skills along with developing a better understanding of the importance of biodiversity.
Climate change resources
Students worked with the PGCE Science Team to create a set of up-to-date climate change resources for school teachers to use, including subjects on temperature, water availability, and the composition of atmospheric gases.
Circular economy research
Students worked as a team to provide the Recycle Project with valuable new insights to attract more customers. They also developed an understanding of circular economy principles and sustainability.
As an undergraduate student in 2022, I believe it is my responsibility to make any effort I can to help move my community to a more sustainable future
Ananya, Department of Politics and International Relations
As an Environment and Geography student, I would like to help to bring the environment to the forefront of organisations and to increase sustainability to ensure the natural earth is preserved and more irreversible damage is not done...
Lucy, Department of Environment and Geography
How to register
The Sustainability Clinic is part of our suite of sustainability-related York Interdisciplinary Modules (YIMs) available in 2023/24. This module is available for 3rd Year undergraduate students in semesters 1 and 2, and postgraduate students in semester 2.
You can apply for this module using the usual electives system. As with other electives, you will need to seek approval to take a YIM from your Department and School.
We also note that it may not always be possible to grant your request to undertake an elective module because of timetabling or other constraints.