Responsible consumption and production

The university’s staff and students are key to delivering our sustainability strategy.  Everyday personal actions, from how we purchase and consume food to reducing waste are making a difference, while by working with industry, we increase the impact of our innovations. 




people completed university's Plastic Challenge survey


of CO2 saved by world's first micro prospectus


of Boeing's excess carbon fibre recycled following research partnership




Recycling key to jet zero success

Sustainably meeting demand for composite materials is key to achieving net zero aviation. Researchers at the Institute for Aerospace Technology helped Boeing to become the first manufacturer to recycle 100% of its excess carbon fibre for use in new planes.

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Learning and students

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World’s first micro prospectus

We created the world’s first micro prospectus – the first edition alone saved 72 tonnes of paper, 18,000kg of CO2 and 54,000 litres of water in processing the paper, enough to keep every student at our university hydrated for more than six weeks.

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Engagement and impact

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Rewarding sustainable actions

We pioneered Green Rewards, a digital platform that encourages staff and students to accumulate points and earn prizes for everyday, sustainable actions. In a UK first, our partnerships made the project available to all Nottinghamshire residents.

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Policy and operations

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WasteNott: reducing single-use plastics

Our WasteNott campaign is reducing single-use plastic waste across our campuses, including the 1.5 million plastic drinks bottles and coffee cups thrown away every year. By raising awareness and providing alternatives, we can make a big difference.

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