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Sustainability at Ulster University

With over 25,000 students and approximately 2,000 staff, the University’s day to day activities have a considerable impact on the environment.

This site sets out the University’s strategic approach to managing its environmental impact and details the key initiatives both planned and in place to improve environmental performance.

The sustainability office can be contacted via environment@ulster.ac.uk

Governance

The University has established a high level Steering Group to develop and embed environmental sustainability across  the institution.

Carbon management plan

The Plan commits the University to a target of a 29%  reduction in carbon emissions by 2020/21, from the baseline year of 2005/06.

Carbon conscious

This is the name of the University’s environmental awareness and communications campaign.

Environmental champions

The network helps to disseminate information on current environmental  projects and initiatives and provides a local contact point for environmental  issues.

Biodiversity

The primary objective of any landscaping  should be to create a pleasant, aesthetic environment for staff, students and visitors to enjoy.  

Construction and refurbishment

Replacing inefficient building stock and refurbishment of existing buildings together offer the greatest potential to improve environmental performance.

Energy

The effective management of energy has been a key strategic objective within the University  for many years, having been at the heart of its Estates Strategy for the past  two decades.

Sustainable procurement

The University recognises its responsibility to conduct its purchasing activities in an environmentally responsible manner, and is therefore committed to reduce both the direct and indirect environmental impacts of its supply chain.

Sustainable travel

The University has adopted a formal sustainable travel plan with the aim of encouraging staff, students and visitors to travel to and from the University by more sustainable means.

Waste

As  a result of its daily activities, the University generates significant  quantities of waste.

Water

As part of its everyday  activities, the University consumes significant quantities of water.