Sustainability - what we're doing

Our Sustainable Impacts

As a major contributor to the local area we are working hard to increase our positive impacts on the environment, economy and society. On this page you will find information abut the work we do and the successes we've already had.

We know there's lots more work to do and we will continue to build on these achievements. Don't forget to check how you can help build a more sustainable environment too!


Our social impact

Our core service at Leeds Beckett is education. We work to give our staff and students the knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions and question standard practice.

It is the decisions you will make in employment that will have the biggest impact on sustainability locally, nationally and globally.

The entrance Carnegie School of Sport building and outdoor seating area on Headingley Campus

Our economic impact

We will be investing £136 million on the Leeds Beckett Estate over the next five years. All investment decisions within Estate Services are based on Whole-Life-Costing principles.

We will be working to reduce running and maintenance costs, provide quality teaching spaces, maximise the use of space, reduce energy and support the green economy. For example, the procurement of materials with high recycled content.

The parkland and woodlands around Headingley Campus

Our environmental impact

We have a number of plans to reduce our environmental impact. These include our Carbon Management Strategy (pdf), Sustainable Transport Strategy (pdf) and Biodiversity Action Plan.

Environmental criteria are built into our day-to-day operations and contracts to ensure everyone in the supply chain is helping to reduce negative impacts and build on positive ones.

Our commitment and successes

Leeds Beckett Honey jars, made from bees on Headingley Campus

  • Wildflowers were planted in the Rose Bowl car park
  • At Headingley Campus, our grounds maintenance team has completed woodland improvement works which have seen an additional 42 flora species appearing in 2011, compared to 2004
  • We have four beehives at our Headingley Campus

In 2005 our carbon emissions were 17,675 tonnes. Since then we have reduced our emissions to 13,779 tonnes, a total reduction of 22% achieved through our comprehensive Carbon Management Strategy and energy efficiency projects.

Electricity generated from combined heat and power:

The Rose Bowl has a combined heat and power unit that acts as our primary boiler for heating and hot water. The combustion of the gas also drives a small turbine that generates approximately 19% of the electrical load of the Rose Bowl.

Environmental management system

We are certified to the international environmental management standard ISO 14001.

Bike Shelter in Headingley Campus

Colleagues and students are able to take advantage of discounted travel passes, bike hire and bike maintenance workshops.

  • 48% of our students walk to university
  • 9% of staff cycle to work
Travel and transport
Buildings on Headingley Campus

  • 99.11% of waste from Leeds Beckett is diverted from landfill
  • Construction projects recycle 95% of all waste generated
  • Over 10,000 tonnes of demolition waste has been reused on site

  • Leeds Beckett is one of the first universities in the world to get Passivhaus status for Carnegie Village Halls of Residence. Passivhaus buildings are highly insulated keeping temperatures warm in winter and cool in summer.
  • Toilets in the Rose Bowl, City Campus, are flushed using harvested rainwater

  • Green Impact is a simple, rewarding and fun scheme that brings our staff together to play an active role in making the workplace more sustainable
  • Our university has worked alongside the NUS in implementing the Green Impact Scheme at our university since March 2016
  • We currently engage more than 70 members of staff in the scheme and involve over 20 teams
  • Thanks to our involvement in the scheme, we have managed to save a considerable amount of carbon emissions

Find out more about the Green Impact Scheme

For more information about our university's sustainability objectives, copies of policy and strategy documents are available to download.

  • Wildflowers were planted in the Rose Bowl car park
  • At Headingley Campus, our grounds maintenance team has completed woodland improvement works which have seen an additional 42 flora species appearing in 2011, compared to 2004
  • We have four beehives at our Headingley Campus

Leeds Beckett Honey jars, made from bees on Headingley Campus

In 2005 our carbon emissions were 17,675 tonnes. Since then we have reduced our emissions to 13,779 tonnes, a total reduction of 22% achieved through our comprehensive Carbon Management Strategy and energy efficiency projects.

Electricity generated from combined heat and power:

The Rose Bowl has a combined heat and power unit that acts as our primary boiler for heating and hot water. The combustion of the gas also drives a small turbine that generates approximately 19% of the electrical load of the Rose Bowl.

Environmental management system

We are certified to the international environmental management standard ISO 14001.

Colleagues and students are able to take advantage of discounted travel passes, bike hire and bike maintenance workshops.

  • 48% of our students walk to university
  • 9% of staff cycle to work
Bike Shelter in Headingley Campus

  • 99.11% of waste from Leeds Beckett is diverted from landfill
  • Construction projects recycle 95% of all waste generated
  • Over 10,000 tonnes of demolition waste has been reused on site

Buildings on Headingley Campus

  • Leeds Beckett is one of the first universities in the world to get Passivhaus status for Carnegie Village Halls of Residence. Passivhaus buildings are highly insulated keeping temperatures warm in winter and cool in summer.
  • Toilets in the Rose Bowl, City Campus, are flushed using harvested rainwater

  • Green Impact is a simple, rewarding and fun scheme that brings our staff together to play an active role in making the workplace more sustainable
  • Our university has worked alongside the NUS in implementing the Green Impact Scheme at our university since March 2016
  • We currently engage more than 70 members of staff in the scheme and involve over 20 teams
  • Thanks to our involvement in the scheme, we have managed to save a considerable amount of carbon emissions

For more information about our university's sustainability objectives, copies of policy and strategy documents are available to download.

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