committed to  sustainability

We work with colleagues, students and the community to embed sustainable thinking and build a socially responsible and greener future.

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social, economic and environmental impact

Our university has 2,800 staff, 24,000 students and occupies 125 buildings across two campuses, one in the centre of Leeds and one three miles north of the city centre in Headingley. As a large organisation our operations have a significant local, national and global environmental impact.

At Leeds Beckett we are aiming to find the balance between our social, economic and environmental impacts.

The Brundtland Commission definition of sustainable development views the environment and development as being linked, in conjunction with social and political factors. It also sees the whole world as having an impact on future sustainability. Further information is available from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

Our sustainability in numbers

  • 22%

    total carbon reduction since 2005.

  • 10,000 

    tonnes of demolition waste has been reused on site. 

  • 95%

    of all waste generated by construction projects is recycled.

  • 42

    additional flora species planted on campus.

  • 99.11%

    of waste from Leeds Beckett is diverted from landfill.

  • 48%

    of our students walk to university.

what we're doing

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We work with our communities to drive change and create social responsibility and sustainable environments.

what you can do

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We can all make a positive difference by making changes, big or small.

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