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We are committed to a sustainable future. From our environment on campus, the resources we use, and the courses we deliver, we are taking action to ensure that sustainability is embedded in all aspects of our University.

How can we be more sustainable?

We are dedicated to sustainable practices in all that we do. We proactively seek ways to make positive changes to our environment by reusing, recycling, and reducing and helping natural habitats develop and thrive across our estate.

We are also working closely with partners, including Sunderland City Council, on our longer-term commitments to environmental sustainability. We are bringing all of this activity into revitalising our comprehensive Environmental Sustainability and Carbon Reduction Plans. These plans are to guide future direction, but in the meantime we have plenty of sustainability initiatives under way.

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We are committed to the responsible use of energy throughout the University to ensure that we achieve a Net Zero Carbon Campus by no later than 2040.

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We are committed to reducing carbon emissions by encouraging more sustainable ways to travel to and from the University.

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We are committed to ensuring we increase the biodiversity on campus while working with local partners to ensure our green spaces are maximising impact in Sunderland. 

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We are committed to embedding sustainability into our faculties and services to ensure students graduate with environmental and social impact knowledge.

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We are committed to ensuring that the emissions from the goods and services we purchase from our stakeholders are net zero by 2050. 

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Our policies

We have a number of policies and plans to support our commitment to applying sustainable principles, and how we will achieve this. 

Find out more information about our Environmental Sustainability Plan and other supporting policies and plans.

Read our policy and plans.

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Get involved

There are lots of different ways you can take part in helping us create a greener future. Whether that be joining one of our sustainability groups, getting involved in events or volunteering or following some of our top tips and tricks to becoming more sustainable in your every day life.

Find out how you can get involved in sustainability at the University.