What We're Doing Next

As part of the University’s return to campus after COVID-19 lockdown, there are six green commitments being embedded into the planning stages. These initiatives focus on building a more sustainable and climate friendly return, which have long lasting carbon savings.

Climate Emergency included in decision making

The University is beginning to capture climate emergency savings, benefits and impacts of all key decisions to inform decision making.

Reduce non-essential printing by 95%

Much of printing has halted during lockdown. While some is essential (e.g. legal documents) there are many opportunities to minimise our day-to-day paper usage.

Carbon Literacy Training for all

Carbon literacy training is currently in development and will be available to all staff and students. Course is due to launch in the new academic year.

Reduce business travel footprint by 50%

We are making use of opportunities, such as an increase in virtual working, to reduce our travel footprint and are undertaking a review of our travel policy to define what essential travel is.

Eliminate 100% of single-use plastic cups

To minimise the use of non-recyclable plastic on campus the University is offering all students a reusable mug which will entitle you to discounted hot drinks offerings, and less cup waste!

New working practice: homeworking

The University is looking to continue homeworking and building greater support for the best working and learning opportunities for staff and students.

Thematic forums

We are continuing our thematic forums which cover all areas of the institution e.g. Biodiversity, Digital, Waste and Recycling, Education, Behaviour Change and more. These groups are open to all to contribute and act as a chance to have your say and be part of our environment and climate emergency action plan.