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This is how we're creating a sustainable university

This is how we're creating a sustainable university

by Newcastle University

We've been voted the No1 University in the UK for sustainable action. Let's find out why. In this blog, we'll be digging into what a sustainable university actually is and exploring the steps we're taking to safeguard the future of our planet.  

Universities are critical in the fight for climate action. And Newcastle University is no exception. We were one of the first universities to declare a climate emergency in 2019, and we've been working tirelessly to create a better future for our planet. 

But how do we define a sustainable university?  


What is a sustainable university? 

A sustainable university takes tangible steps to protect the environment, and create environmentally-sound solutions to global problems. 

Through a commitment to sustainable development, a sustainable university embeds climate education into its curriculum, and continually invests in environmentally conscious practices. 

This is Newcastle. 

Not only are we investing £15 million every year into being Net Zero by 2030, we've managed to reduce our Co2 by 43% since 2006. 


What is the most sustainable university in the UK?


In 2022, Newcastle University was declared the No1 most sustainable university in the UK. By divesting from fossil fuel companies, installing solar panels on 13 buildings - this will be 50 buildings by July 2024 - and embedding climate change education across the institution, Newcastle showcased their commitment to climate action. 

But how does this actually benefit students?

Newcastle students are given the space to contribute to sustainable solutions; their voices valued by university academics.

Not to mention they can now benefit from a new program of climate leadership scholarships, available to those who want to work with researchers to address the UNSDGs.

And just this year, the university ran their first ever Climate Conscious Careers campaign. This allowed students with a passion for the green economy to find the opportunities and support available to them, all under one roof. 

You can find out more about our commitment to sustainability when you explore our From blog. Alternatively, find out more about the work we're doing to champion the green economy.