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 PDF format 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. 


Getting involved

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. 

How can I keep up to date with sustainability news at the University of Nottingham?
The Sustainability team publish a monthly email bulletin covering news and events across the University, you can email to join the mailing list. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and read our Sustainable Nottingham blog. 
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?
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)?
The University was a pioneer institution taking part in the Higher Education Academy’s (HEA) Green Academy programme. This resulted in the creation of resources for teaching staff, a high level ESD steering group, an audit of sustainability themes across the curriculum, and the development of a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC), Sustainability, Society and You. Commitment to furthering ESD is expressed in the Global Strategy 2020 PDF format. It is also one of nine key Teaching and Learning themes, and is championed by Prof. Sarah Speight
What support and training is available to teaching staff to further embed sustainability themes in the curriculum?
You can contact Robert Dowling, the Operations and Policy director of the Transforming Teaching programme. The programme includes five project areas.
Are there any opportunities to link sustainability on campus to my studies?

A good place to start is the Sustainabilty Strategy PDF format , which includes aims for six key areas. Annual sustainability reports publish information on University initiatives and performance since 2004/5. In addition, there are resources including reports and videos on Energy and Carbon; Sustainable Buildings; and Waste and Recycling.



Energy and carbon

My office is too hot or too cold - who can I report this to?
Faulty heating or cooling should be reported to the Estates Helpdesk. 
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 page.
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. 


Sustainable transport

I’m new to Nottingham. Where can I find out about my travel options to the University?
The Sustainable Transport pages set out information for staff, students and visitors to the University, including information on long term bike hire, public transport options, inter-campus hopper bus services and car sharing. You can also request a personalised travel plan (PTP) for your journey and receive tailored advice on your travel options.
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.


Sustainable procurement

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 PDF format 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 PDF format 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, 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. 


Sustainability Team

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