Restoring the environment
No university is an island and we understand that being a part of Leicester means taking responsibility for our footprint on the surrounding environment. More than this, we are part of a diverse community of people and businesses and therefore want the steps we take to have a positive impact.
Restoring our environment is about enhancing our social, economic and physical spaces by embedding sustainability into University core business. This can only be achieved with the collaborative support of partners and participation of all our staff and students.
We have set ourselves an ambitious target to achieve 60% carbon reduction by 2020 and whilst challenging, is supported by current and detailed strategies on many different aspects of environmental sustainability. Our exemplary Travel Plan is just one of the many elements needed to create a safe, accessible and sustainable university.
Leicester has one of the poorest levels of air quality in the UK. Our research on tackling air pollution is ground-breaking and we are already working in partnership with Leicester City Council on its Air Quality Action Plan. We are also keen to work with local groups who have feasible plans to improve air quality.
Our Centre for Medicine, which opened in 2016, is the largest Passivhaus building in the UK and features many other innovative design features that minimises its carbon footprint and environmental impact.
Our staff and students are part of the Leicester community and we continually strive to find ways to give back to local area. Whether it is by volunteering with schools, conservation work, charity fundraising or enterprising projects, our goal is to have a real social impact.
A sustainable university is a more efficient, effective, attractive and forward-thinking university. The sustainability agenda is now so large on the world stage that students are increasingly expecting their institutions to make bold environmental choices and to provide them with teaching on this important area, regardless of their chosen subject. Our academics are also embracing the research opportunities for solutions to some of the world’s sustainability problems.
We are proud to say that we will have been consistently reducing our carbon emissions for a full 10 years in 2017 according to the Carbon Trust and continue to look to the future to improve this. These savings are reinvested in our students by providing a high quality teaching experience and environment that encourages them to look for new and creative approaches to problems according to our sustainable business ethos.