Our operations have a significant local, national and global environmental impact.
- Energy efficiency projects across the estate.
- Sustainable transport options, including campus specific bus services, discounted bus/rail travel and student bike hire.
- A zero waste to landfill contract across our non-residential buildings.
- An environmental management system across our estate that is externally certified to the standard ISO 14001.
- Environmental legal compliance.
- Sustainable construction criteria in all new build and refurbishment projects.
These aim to reduce our carbon footprint, minimise the impact of rising energy costs, using natural resources more effectively, improving health through active travel and reducing local air pollution.
The Sustainability Team has helped to secure a number of environmental accreditations and funding streams to reduce our environmental impacts. Examples of these include:
- BREEAM excellent ratings for new builds.
- Passivhaus Status for two town houses in Carnegie Village and BREEAM excellent for the remaining buildings.
- ISO 14001 (an international environmental standard).
- Salix Recycling Fund, a grant used to pump prime projects where the savings are allocated back to the fund for re-investment. Total investment to date (from an initial fund of £250,000) is £720,000 with annual savings of £290,000.
- Revolving Green Fund for retrofitting LED tubes into existing light fittings, worth £482,000 saving approximately £90,000 per annum.
- Salix Energy Efficiency Loans Scheme (SEELS) for the Headingley Campus boiler replacement worth £200,000 saving £47,500 per annum.
- The above funding supports our targets set in the Carbon Management Strategy to reduce carbon emissions by 34% by 2020 from a 2005 baseline of 19,134 tonnes to 12,628 tonnes. As of August 2013 our carbon footprint was 16,607 tonnes.
The Sustainability Team contributes to the work of the Leeds Sustainability Institute (LSI), a centre of research, informed and supported by business leaders, professional associations and community groups addressing the challenges of creating more sustainable places, communities and economies. Through the Institute a wealth of experience and skill is captured; with the potential to influence and shape the future via its networks and partners.
We encourage students to participate in volunteering projects that link to conservation and sustainability and forms part of their studies.