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Taking the lead on global grand challenges

At the University of Leeds, we are committed to embedding sustainability in everything we do. To us, sustainability means creating value for society by taking responsibility for our economic, cultural, social and environmental impacts. We draw on the diverse expertise of our students, staff and partners to collaborate in finding sustainable solutions to global challenges, and to maintain our position as world-leaders in sustainability.

Sustainability is a journey. Though society may not have all of the answers now, we are committed to using the University’s assets to tackle global challenges. On our website, you can explore what’s happening across the University, including our world-leading research and education, how we’re using our campus to find solutions to local and world challenges, and what you can do to be a part of our sustainable community.

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG wheelWe use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) to help guide our activity, and we do so inclusively, making sure everyone’s voice is heard and considered along the way. Read more about the University's positive actions to impact the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


Making moves in sustainable fashion with Scope

In an exciting collaboration with Scope, the leading disability equality charity, we're making moves in sustainable fashion. Over the past two months, more than 30 dedicated volunteers, including students, staff, and local community members, have come together to contribute to this transformative project.  Together with Scope's retail team, we've transformed donated clothes into a unique...

The Student Sustainability Research Conference 2024: an event with collaboration at its core

The University of Leeds Sustainability Service proudly hosted its annual Student Sustainability Research Conference on Wednesday 6 March 2024, with an unprecedented turnout that exceeded all expectations. The conference saw more than 500 people register to take part, including students, staff and community members. The event showcased the invaluable research of 108 student contributors from...

Student Sustainability Research Conference collaborates on London-Leeds exchange 

The 2024 Student Sustainability Research Conference kicks off on Wednesday 6 March, with students from across Yorkshire travelling to the University of Leeds to take part. But three of our conference presenters have already given a sneak preview of their research at the London Sustainability research Conference led by City, University of London and hosted...

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What do students at the University of Leeds think about fair trade?

There is much to be done to target injustices within trade. This means ensuring workers’ rights and working conditions are protected, that workers and farmers...

5 Highlights from the Student Sustainability Research Conference 2024

In this article look at five highlights from this year's unforgettable conference. This year’s Student Sustainability Research Conference (SSRC) had the biggest number of registrations...

Supporting Donations and Reuse: our Changeover Campaign

 The University of Leeds, along with Leeds Beckett University, Unipol, and Leeds City Council, have been making significant strides in reducing waste and encouraging reuse...

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