Make a difference

Make an impact on sustainability at the University, reduce your own environmental impact, or get involved in volunteering initiatives.

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Finding solutions

Our Living Lab approach helps us to find and test real life solutions to global challenges.

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The Roger Stevens Cooling Pond, a Leeds Living Lab project

World leading research

We are world leading in our sustainable research, curriculum and how we are addressing the climate crisis

Sustainable research
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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.

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.


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The 2022 Big Campus Birdwatch takes place on Friday 28th January, and we’re encouraging staff and students to take part....


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The School of Computing’s Blueprint team made a huge impact during their recent building move, saving over a tonne of books from going to waste. ...


Head down to Leeds University Union on Thursday 11th November for a day of engaging in all things sustainability!  COP26...