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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.


Growing the seeds of community collaboration: our window box project

Our Window Box Project is now complete! Over multiple sessions, two teams of students from the School of Fine Art and the School of Design volunteered to support community members in constructing, designing, decorating, and planting wooden window boxes.   What was the project?  The project involved two community groups in Leeds; Cardigan Elders Connect...

Success at the 2023 Green Gown Awards

We are thrilled that the University of Leeds has been recognised with four nominations and two prestigious awards at the 2023 Green Gown Awards.. The awards are a celebration of sustainability excellence in higher education run by EAUC, the Alliance for Sustainability in Higher Education, and the winners were announced at a ceremony in Liverpool...

Net Zero - From Ambition to Action

As part of the University’s ambitious Climate Plan, agreed in 2021, the University of Leeds has committed to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. With the rapid escalation of the climate crisis, taking action is necessary and urgent. We have now shared our plan to deliver a net zero estate, marking the latest development...

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Coats and Toys Collected for Leeds Winter Appeals

Last month students and staff kindly donated winter clothing and toys to support families and communities across the city. Arranged by the Sustainability Service, Be...

Advancing Together Through University-Community Collaboration

In November, the University of Leeds Sustainability Service hosted an engaging discussion on community-university collaboration with twelve representatives from community organisations.   The day’s discussions...

Supporting Student Citizenship within the Community

Leeds is a brilliant, vibrant city that’s home to a multitude of diverse communities and is a great place to call home. For many, living...

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