University wins international award for sustainability

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The University’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions and embed sustainability into research, teaching and governance have been recognised with an international award.

The International Sustainable Campus Network named the University as the winner of its Whole Systems Approach award for our work to address the climate crisis through research, teaching, operations, governance and partnerships.

Positive progress

Despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic over the last few years, the University continued to make a positive impact through its activities. These ranged from presenting climate science research at COP26 to influence stronger climate policies worldwide, to publishing climate MOOCs and free educational resources for children to increase climate awareness in society.

The University remains on track to become net zero carbon by 2040, and recently implemented a Sustainable Travel Policy to prioritise low-carbon methods of travel, such as taking the train to London rather than flying.

Playing our part

In a video address to members of the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN), University Principal Professor Peter Mathieson highlighted the fundamental role universities play by shaping society to become more environmentally restorative and socially just.

International efforts

As a member of ISCN, the University is one of more than 90 member universities from more than 30 countries who exchange knowledge and expertise on how to make universities more sustainable.

“On behalf of the International Sustainable Campus Network, I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to the 2022 ISCN Awards Winners. Our annual awards event represents an excellent opportunity for our members to showcase the important work they are doing to advance sustainability and climate action on their campuses, in teaching, learning, and research, and in the communities in which they serve,” said Victoria Smith, Executive Director, International Sustainable Campus Network

Find out more about the ISCN Award winners 2022