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We’re pleased to announce that the Sustainability Service has recently welcomed nine new Blueprint teams to our engagement programme which supports Schools and Services to understand their sustainability impacts.  Each new Blueprint team will work with us to develop their own unique, 5-year action plan and join our Blueprint community in collaborating on sustainable change at the University. …
The first tree has been planted at Gair Wood, one of the most significant woodland development schemes in the region. Located next to Golden Acre Park, the site will be planted with more than 66,000 trees, a mixture of broadleaf species including oak, alder, hornbeam, wild cherry and silver birch. As they grow they will…
As part of our Welcome to Leeds campaign, Community Ambassadors have been visiting households in the local area popular with our students.  The team of ambassadors have been knocking on doors to offer advice and provide support to students around independent living, respecting the local community and staying safe.  Students have also been given copies…
Applications to present at the University of Leeds 2023 Student Sustainability Research Conference are NOW OPEN!   The 2023 Student Sustainability Research Conference (SSRC) provides students from any discipline and level (undergraduate through to PhD) the opportunity to share their research and learn from others in a professional conference environment. The conference is back in person…
A new Good to Give programme collected 480 bags of goods during the student tenancy changeover period for the benefit of the local community. The Sustainability Service worked in collaboration with Leeds Beckett University to pilot the new programme for the 2022 student tenancy changeover period. Good to Give is aimed at reducing waste and…
Update December 2022: Following a review of our approach to reducing business travel emissions, we have decided to adopt an in-house process to better meet our aims, and have agreed upon taking this new approach with Shared Future CIC, the original consultants. This is to enable a comprehensive engagement exercise to understand better the complexities…
An innovative project developed by a Leeds student has won a prestigious national competition designed to accelerate the path to net zero across UK universities and colleges.  The idea, developed by PhD student Seb Stroud, was selected as one of five winners.  Launched to mark the The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the competition invited students from…
The University of Leeds is developing plans for one of the most significant woodland creation projects in the north of England, which would increase biodiversity, provide research and teaching opportunities and capture carbon as part of the University’s Climate Plan. The project would contribute to the White Rose Forest initiative which aims to plant 7…
Blueprint teams at the School of Food Science and Nutrition and Residential Services have progressed to the next stage of their Blueprint journeys following the latest round of annual reviews. The School of Food Sciences & Nutrition began their plan in 2020 and have now achieved ‘Change Maker’ standard.  Residential Services, who were early adopters…