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Environmental Sustainability

As a large organisation our operations have a substantial local, national and global environmental impact.

We are committed to optimising our contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals though our research, teaching, campus and operations.

As a signatory of the SDG Accord we are committed to supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  These are echoed within our University Strategy and a new Sustainability Strategy will be launched ahead of 2019/20 identifying our next steps in supporting these Goals. 

Our sustainability journey to date has seen some excellent results including: 

  • Finalist - Green Gown Awards 2018 - Student Engagement
  • Highly Commended – Green Gown Awards 2017 – Best Newcomer & Carbon Reduction
  • Silver EcoCampus Award for our Environmental Management System, covering all activities at our Newcastle campuses.
  • Fairtrade University status since 2009. 

Northumbria University is proud to be 42nd in the People & Planet University Green League and to be a Fairtrade accredited university.

Our Environmental Sustainability Policy is reviewed annually and agreed by the University Sustainability Management Group. You can read our Annual Sustainability Report for 2017/18 here. This activity is supported by our sustainability budget which we maintain annually. 

If you have any suggestions for improving sustainability at Northumbria University, or have any questions, please contact the Sustainability Adviser

For information on submitting a request under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, please see here.

 To find out more about sustainability at Northumbria University and how you can help, view the staff and student induction video below.

The Sustainability and Carbon Team

Professor George Marston - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
Chair of the University Sustainability Management Group

Katie Ridley - Sustainability Adviser (Full Time)
Sustainability Strategy, Environmental Management System, Sustainable Travel, Engagement
Email: Tel: (0191) 243 7068

Keith Slater - Carbon Manager (Full Time)
Carbon & Water Reduction and Management
Email: Tel: (0191) 227 4245

Jack Spence - Energy & Sustainability Assistant (Full Time - Student Placement)
Sustainable Futures Student Group
Email:  Tel: (0191) 227 3637

Jennifer Burns - Facilities Manager (Full Time) 
Waste Management

Each area of the University is also represented in the University Sustainability Management Group. The following faculties and services have one or more representatives:

  • Academic Registry
  • Business and Enterprise Services
  • Campus Services
  • Faculty of Art, Design and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Faculty of Engineering and Environment
  • Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
  • Health and Safety
  • Human Resources
  • London Campus
  • Marketing
  • Procurement 
  • Research and Innovation Services
  • Student and Library Services
  • Students' Union (President)
  • University Executive


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