Work with us on innovative projects that seek solutions to real-world sustainability challenges, using the campus as a test-bed. 

Living Lab for Air Quality 

What is it?

Help us monitor and improve air quality on Campus! The Living Lab for Air Quality is a collaboration between the Sustainability Service, the School of Earth & Environment, the Institute for Climate & Atmospheric Science (ICAS), the Institute for Transport Studies and the School of Civil Engineering. Join a team of volunteers and academics on this 12 month monitoring programme. Volunteers will learn how to monitor particulate matter before heading out to collect air quality data on campus and key staff and student commuter routes in the City. The data you gather will help us to mitigate poor air quality around the University.

What are the time commitments?

Volunteering sessions take place throughout the year on campus and in community venues. Upcoming scheduled events:

  • Tuesday 6 February, 10-11am
  • Thursday 22nd February, 11.30am-1pm
  • Tuesday 13th March, 2-3pm
  • Thursday 29 March, 3-4pm
  • Thursday 12th April, 11-12pm
  • Friday 20th April, 2-3pm

I-Trees Leeds

What is it?

Help us increased our knowledge of the importance of tree and greenspaces on campus! This project is a collaboration between the Sustainability Service, Treeconomics and Leeds4Trees – a partnership of LEAF (Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere & Forest Centre), the United Bank of Carbon(UBoC) and Leeds City Council.  Green spaces provide us with many services, such as climate change mitigation, carbon storage, and benefits to our health and wellbeing through recreation and relaxation. The environmental and wellbeing benefits of greenspaces are difficult to quantify and compare with many other land uses. Volunteers will help us to map out  and find a monetary value for trees, therefore enabling us to take these benefits into account when planning development. The first stage of this project takes involves conducting a survey of all the trees on campus.

What are the time commitments?

Pop-up events take place through the year on campus. Get in touch to find out more!

What You will Gain

  • Knowledge of sustainability in practice
  • Insight into effective engagement and communication methods
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Organisational skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Time and project management skills

Get Involved

If you are interested in our Living Lab volunteering opportunities or would like to find out more get in touch with Dr Cat Scott at