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How staff and students can get involved with achieving a sustainable environment.

We are working hard to achieve our sustainability goals, but to do this we need the help of the whole university. There are many ways that staff and students can get involved and make a difference.

Hedgehog walking across autumn leaves


Hedgehogs should now be hibernating, so if you see any hoglets without hedgehogs it could be an orphan. Our “Autumn Orphans” campaign provides information on what to do if you spot a hoglet out in the open.

Hedgehog Friendly Campus is run by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. To find out more about hedgehogs and Hedgehog Friendly Campus, please visit the British Hedgehog Preservation Society website.

Further details can be found on the Green Impact website.

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Digital First

Digital First discourages the use of paper and changes the culture and behaviours around using paper through the better use of technology. Staff and students working from home or other locations have greater flexibility and low carbon impacts.

Environmental benefits of Digital First include:

  • Going paperless - less trees made into paper
  • Low carbon - less car journeys when working from home
  • Energy benefits - less offices to be lit and heated

Find out more about our Digital First initiative.

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Waste management

Around our teaching buildings, offices and catering outlets you will see our segregated recycling bins. Please help us improve by recycling as much as you can. For more general information on recycling, visit the Recycle Now website.

Warp IT

Warp IT is an online portal where you can find or post unwanted resources such as furniture and office equipment to reduce spend, waste and supply chain environmental impacts. Contact warpit@sunderland.ac.uk for further information.

Sustainability groups

To achieve our goals in sustainability, we need the help of the whole university and we're looking for volunteers; people who want to make a difference, people with ideas, people who can engage and help the University make a positive environmental impact.

We are hoping for wide representation from across the University, with staff and students from any Faculty or Service welcome to help us tackle climate change. The whole university community is key to the culture of sustainable development.

Our six sustainability themes are shown in the table below and we need a dedicated team on board to support and drive them forward.

Are you passionate about environmental sustainability? Do you have ideas which will help the University to improve sustainability and make a positive difference to the environment? If the answer is yes, and you would like to get involved, we’d love to hear from you. Please register your interest, thoughts and ideas by contacting Business Support Assistant, Joanne Laughlin: joanne.laughlin@sunderland.ac.uk.

Contact us

For further information, contact the Strategic Environmental Sustainability Group (SESG):