OUR COMMITMENT TO A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

This has been another successful year of initiatives, innovations, research and policy development on sustainability. Whilst the University still faces a number of external and internal challenges, our commitment to sustainability remains as strong as ever.

We have forged some important partnerships this year. For example, we are working closely with Leeds City Council and a range of public and private organisations to tackle the city’s climate challenges. The development of the Leeds Climate Commission and our Living Lab projects are particularly influential and will enable us to use carefully developed research to respond to global challenges.

This year’s Annual Sustainability Report aligns with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. These are helping to shape our programme of work across the University as we play our part in tackling global grand challenges.

As ever, our staff and students remain at the heart of everything we do. I am always impressed with their creativity, innovation and sheer hard work which helps the University of Leeds to become a more sustainable Institution.

I hope you enjoy reading this report. We are incredibly proud of the part we play in creating sustainable futures and the University remains committed to continuous improvement on sustainability.

EMBEDDING SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH COLLABORATION

The University of Leeds is embedding sustainability into its Schools, Faculties and Services, looking at sustainability holistically and ensuring everyone can be involved.

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BUILDING KNOWLEDGE AND CAPACITY

As a University, building the knowledge and capacity of students, staff and wider society, is key to how we become more sustainable.

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BEING A POSITIVE PARTNER IN SOCIETY

The University of Leeds is a civic institution and we have made a commitment to take our economic, social, environmental and cultural responsibilities seriously.

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MAKING THE MOST OF RESOURCES

The University of Leeds is getting bigger and with this growth comes the challenge of meeting our carbon, water, biodiversity and resource reduction targets.

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Our Performance

The University of Leeds benchmarks its sustainability performance against the UK’s 24 leading research universities in the Russell Group, gauging our performance in relation to the wider sector.

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Global Outlook

We have identified how our actions are contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a set of 17 global goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

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People of Sustainability

We want everyone from across the University to have the opportunity to get involved with sustainability. Here we celebrate a range of people from across the institution who have contributed towards sustainability in 2017-18.

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What's Next & Report Verification

We’re always looking ahead; considering a more sustainable future. As set out in our vision to 2050, we understand the need for a long term view of sustainability. 2018-19 looks set to bring all of this and more.

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