Sustainable campus

We take sustainability seriously at Leicester. That's why, in the 2020 THE University Impact Rankings, which measure institutions' commitment and actions to sustainability, we were ranked 21st in the world.

side view of george davies centre

Green commitments

We were one of the first UK universities to sign the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Accord in September 2017. The SDGs are embedded in our Social Impact Strategy.

You can directly impact our sustainable future: some of our University green policies are based on work that students have done for their dissertations.

Our ambitious Estates Masterplan to reform our campus includes a 'Leicester for Life' strategy for maximising the number of wild species on campus, from butterflies to peregrine falcons. Meanwhile our Biodiversity Design Guide is rolling out initiatives across campus such as bird-boxes and bat-friendly lighting.

Green activities

Every year we hold Go Green Week across campus, encouraging students and staff to make the small changes that can have a big effect. Activities include debates, produce stalls and planting schemes. 

An intensive tree-planting campaign across our various sites, including the Botanic Garden and the Attenborough Arboretum, means we now manage about 10,000 trees.

Next to our accommodation is a student allotment. There are work sessions twice weekly - and you get to keep everything that you grow. Fruit trees planted across campus let you pick an apple or pear on the way to your lecture.

Green infrastructure

The most recent addition to our campus, the George Davies Centre, is the largest building on the UK to meet the rigorous Passivhaus standards. Its many features include photovoltaic panels, active external shading blinds and a green wall providing vertical shelter for plants and wildlife.

We teamed up with Leicester's Town Hall, Central Library, Prison and other buildings in one of the UK’s largest district energy schemes, sharing energy from low carbon gas-fired engines and biomass boilers through a 7km network of underground pipes. Since it opened in 2012, this ambitious scheme has saved the city 12,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.

We also have the largest underground bicycle store of any UK university, with swipe-card access to a facility in the centre of campus that can hold 300 bikes.