What we're doing
Waste and resource management
We're committed to meeting our sustainable waste objectives and targets by reducing what we buy, maximising re-use, and recycling waste across the University.
We promote the use of sustainable means of transport to students, staff and visitors, and we're continually investing in initiatives and facilities to make sustainable travel easier and more attractive.
Our Sustainable Labs initiative targets the part of the University that has the largest environmental impact: labs consume around five times more energy and produce significantly more waste than office spaces.
Sustainable procurement and whole life costing
Sustainable procurement is about making purchasing decisions that are socially and ethically responsible. Considering a product's full life cycle helps us minimise its potentially negative social and environmental impacts.
Sustainability within our courses
Using UNESCO's definition of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), we have embedded not just environmental sustainability, but also economic and social issues into all of our courses and programmes.
Engaging with students is a very important aspect of our work on sustainability: it’s our students' passion and commitment to this subject that drives us to achieve our social and environmental goals.
We strive to offer well-balanced, healthy and sustainable catering. Our food is procured and produced in ways that avoids damaging the planet, enhances animal welfare and provides social benefits.
Energy, carbon and water
We aim to become a net carbon-neutral campus by 2030: we're achieving this through efficiency gains, renewable energy projects and strategic energy supply choices.
We proactively manage land and resources to benefit wildlife and conserve biodiversity. We do this by implementing Habitat Action Plans, minimising chemical use, and conducting regular monitoring surveys.
We design new buildings and refurbishments to reduce their environmental impact, both during construction and while in use. We use internationally recognised standards and have achieved over ten 'excellent' ratings.
Sustainability at Bristol
With over 5,000 staff, 17,000 students and 300 buildings, the University’s activities naturally have a significant environmental and ethical impact, at both a local and global scale. The Sustainability team manages environmental initiatives to help us reduce our negative impact by conserving energy and water, making finite resources last longer, and reducing our contribution to pollution and climate change.
The University is committed to Sustainability, making it one of the six key aims for the institution. To support this it maintains a team of sustainability professionals with an annual capital investment budget of at least £2million a year.