Frequently asked questions
Strategy, governance and funding
What is the senior management representation for environment and sustainability at the University of Nottingham?
The Director of Sustainability
is responsible for sustainability strategy, embedding sustainability at an institutional level, and operational oversight of grounds, energy, carbon management, waste and transport.
What is the University of Nottingham’s commitment to sustainability and environmental policy?
The University of Nottingham is committed to environmental sustainability
through our research, teaching, campus activity, investments and our work with partners locally and globally.
Our recently published University Strategy
puts sustainability at the heart of the core goals that will guide our work as an institution for the years to come.
Over the last decade and more, our University has been taking action to support the environment and deliver research to secure a more sustainable planet. Over the next decade, in partnership with our staff and student community, we will make a step-change in our efforts to assist the response to the climate emergency and to support environmental sustainability more widely.
What progress has the University of Nottingham made in reducing its carbon footprint?
Carbon emissions have reduced by 31% since 2009/10, whilst the total floor area of buildings has increased. The Carbon Management Plan
sets out performance trends and KPIs towards further reducing the carbon footprint of the University. Visit the Carbon and Energy
pages for annual reports on performance.
Does the University of Nottingham have an externally verified Environmental Management System (EMS)?
The University participates in the Ecocampus programme and has been awarded a Bronze. The Monitoring and Reporting
page provides more information on our Environmental Management System.
I have an idea for a sustainability project - where can I get funding and support?
The University of Nottingham Sustainability and Environment Committee has a budget of £100,000 to award to student and staff-led sustainability projects that provide benefit on campus or in the community. More information can be found on the Environment Initiative Fund pages.
Students as Change Agents is a programme open to all students that focuses on a project to improve the University. You will get support throughout your chosen project, and you'll also have the opportunity to earn credits for the Nottingham Advantage Award.
How can I keep up to date with sustainability news at the University of Nottingham?
What information is provided for new staff on sustainability at the University of Nottingham?
All new staff will be invited to a Welcome Event
[UoN access only], which includes presentations from senior management and an introduction to sustainability at the University detailing opportunities for staff to get involved.
Which University Committees are students represented on?
Student representatives (typically the elected members of the Students' Union Executive) are found on all University committees involving estates, planning, and resource allocation, as well as teaching and learning. Current committees with student representation include:
What campus food projects can I get involved in?
There are a range of projects, including:
Does the University run a Green Week?
Sustainability week runs every year, for a week in term two. The week typically involves a variety of activities, including film screenings, competitions, information stalls and live music fundraisers. Both the ESJ network of societies and the University's Sustainability team deliver events in the week. Find out about what happened in 2019 on the Facebook event
and keep an eye on our webpages and social media for information on the week in term two.
What sustainability campaigns does the University run that reach all students and staff?
The Sustainability team run a number of campaigns that reach out to the whole University community. More information on projects can be found in the Get Involved section. Current projects include:
Teaching and learning
How is the University of Nottingham committed to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)?
What support and training is available to teaching staff to further embed sustainability themes in the curriculum?
Are there any opportunities to link sustainability on campus to my studies?
Energy and carbon
My office is too hot or too cold - who can I report this to?
How does the University of Nottingham incorporate sustainability into its buildings?
The University has set an ambitious target of achieving BREEAM
Excellent on all new buildings. Many buildings incorporate resource saving features including rainwater harvesting, straw bale construction and ground source heat pumps. More information on sustainable buildings
can be found on the Sustainability pages.
Waste and recycling
Where can I find information about recycling specific items?
Our Waste and Recycling pages are the best place to start - to find out how specific items should be recycled see our Waste A-Z.
How can I recycle batteries?
Batteries should be placed in the lime green battery collection points. For a list of buildings with collection points, please see Batteries on our Waste A-Z
How can I recycle printer cartridges?
Please see Printer cartridges on our Waste A-Z
How can I recycle my old office furniture?
WARPit is a new online portal that makes it easy for University staff to share surplus items such as furniture and office consumables with other University staff. More information on using WARPit
is available on the Sustainability pages.
I’m having an end of term clear out: where can I donate clothes and other small items?
British Heart Foundation donation banks are located in key areas on campus – take a look at our maps of recycling points.
Towards the end of the summer term, donation banks are also provided in key areas in Lenton and Dunkirk. We've put together lots of information for those living off-campus on our Moving out
How does the University of Nottingham manage its food waste?
Food waste bins are available throughout the University in catering outlets, communal areas and Halls of Residence. The collected material is then converted into compost through anaerobic digestion.
I’m new to Nottingham. Where can I find out about my travel options to the University?
Where can I find out about the University’s hopper bus services?
The University Hopper Bus service
page provides information on the free hopper bus services that run from University Park to Jubilee, Sutton Bonington, King's Meadow, and Royal Derby Hospital, including current timetables and bus stops.
Where can I find out more about hiring a bike?
Enactus Nottingham run the Ucycle bike hire scheme
, which offers staff and students the opportunity to rent a bike for the term or year at a low cost. Short term bike hire is available through the Citycard Cycles
scheme run by Nottingham City Council.
Where can I lock up my bike on campus?
The Sustainability team maintain an online map of cycle facilities
for each University campus, including information on covered and secure parking for your bicycle.
How can I hear more about Dr. Bike sessions?
The Sustainability team organise monthly free Dr. Bike maintenance sessions to keep staff and students of the University on two wheels. In these 20 minute appointments, the bike mechanic is able to conduct minor repairs, including punctures, brake block adjustment and issues with gears. You can sign up to the Sustainable Nottingham monthly newsletter
to get the dates straight to your inbox.
What green purchasing practices exist at the University of Nottingham?
The University has successfully implemented a number of sustainable purchasing procedures, including: office furniture suppliers certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC); a computer supply contract emphasising low power demand equipment; and mains-fed water coolers, reducing the demand for bottled water and associated transport. See Sustainable Procurement
for details of further initiatives.
Where can I find out more on ethical investment at the University?
The University has published an Investment Policy
which is “based on the premise that the University’s choice of where to invest should reflect its ethical values
What efforts does the University of Nottingham make towards purchasing sustainable food?
The Sustainable Food Policy
outlines a number of actions completed in recent years towards more sustainable catering. The University has also been recognised by several awards for sustainable food, including: Soil Association’s Food for Life Bronze Catering Mark, Marine Stewardship Council certification, Good Egg award, and Fairtrade University status.
What is the University of Nottingham’s stance on divestment?
The University has announced that any investment in fossil fuels will be removed
. Investments in coal and tar sands were removed immediately and the University will completely divest its financial portfolio from fossil fuels by May 2019.