Policy & performance

 students walking across The Downs on University Park

 The global imperative to reduce carbon emissions and to improve the sustainability of our activities is compelling. The University clearly must contribute by addressing our own operations, but as a higher education institution we are also ideally placed to influence the future through the education of our students and our world-leading research. This Strategy sets out our objectives in all of these areas. It will require your involvement to deliver the outcomes we seek ─ I hope you will help us achieve them.

Professor David Greenaway


The University has committed itself to becoming a leading green University and environmental sustainability is one of nine guiding principles in the University's Strategic Plan.

Our Environmental Strategy PDF format focuses on:

  • significant internationally recognised research strengths in the environment and sustainable energy fields
  • course provision in sustainability and environment related areas and also in a number of modules for other areas of study
  • our estates operations which are built upon a strong environmental ethos
  • the adoption of progressive environmental strategies in our capital projects where we have embedded sustainability into the heart of designs

It covers a number of key operational areas:

  • waste and recycling
  • energy and water
  • travel and transport
  • procurement
  • campus development
  • awareness raising, training and communication
  • corporate governance
  • information services
  • landscape
  • teaching and learning
  • research

Our sustainability programmes are financed by the University, although we have secured external funding from Salix Finance for aspects of our Carbon Management Plan.

We work with a number of organisations to measure and improve our performance, these include:

Environmental Strategy



Sustainability Team

Estate Office, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD