Single Out #2023PlasticFree

The University of Leeds and Leeds University Union have together pledged to become single-use plastic-free by 2023.

The campaign, Single Out: 2023PlasticFree commits the University and Union to phase out single-use plastic across the board, not just in catering and office spaces.

The five-year campaign will involve mapping plastic use across the University and Union, and then identifying action plans for more challenging areas. It will also include working with partners and supply chains to phase out the amount of plastic products and packaging coming onto campus. Explore more about our pledge on the tabs below.

Support the #2023plasticfree pledge on Twitter @UoL_Sus, Instagram @uol_sus or email ideas to plasticfree@leeds.ac.uk

 

“We are proud to be at the forefront of efforts to reduce plastic waste and our pledge sends a very clear message about our ambition to be single-use plastic free within the next five years. This new drive will also have a series of targets to reduce the use of all kinds of plastic, improve recycling capabilities and build on our ground-breaking research to tackle this important global challenge.” Sir Alan Langlands, Vice-Chancellor

“This is a huge commitment and a big challenge for us, but we are determined to play our part by acting together to reduce our plastic footprint. We’ve already made so much progress, with strong recycling rates and catering initiatives such as our reusable cups becoming an integral part of our operations. We hope this pledge inspires all staff and students to take up the challenge of collectively reducing our use of throwaway plastics, across campus and beyond.” Dr Louise Ellis, Director of Sustainability at the University

“As a Union, we are delighted to announce this joint pledge to be single-use plastic-free by 2023. Students have often been ahead of the national agenda, with freshers’ week plastic bag free and ensuring we have biodegradable alternatives in the Union – this pledge is another step where the University community can lead the way. We are looking forward to working in partnership with the University to make sure we all have a positive impact on this future-defining issue for the planet.” Chris Morris, Union Affairs Officer at Leeds University Union

“The shift in public opinion about the use of plastics has been phenomenal, but organisations of all shapes and sizes need to champion change. I think this commitment will inspire lots of people to think about how the University – as an institution that leads the way on sustainability – can make a difference. As a leading research university, we also have an important role in developing expertise. From working on alternatives to plastics and helping improve waste management, we’ll be supporting the difficult challenges ahead to ensure plastics don’t end up in the natural environment.” Professor Dame Jane Francis, University Chancellor and Director of the British Antarctic Survey 

Glass drop off

Is glass starting to pile up in your house?

The LUU Leeds Community Project will be taking in glass of any colour for recycling outside the Hyde Park Picture House on the following dates from 11am until 3pm.

  • Wednesday 29 November

  • Friday 1st December

  • Wednesday 6th December

  • Friday 8th December

Come on down with your bottles and jars and pick up a brew on us.

HYPH too far to go? Check out where your nearest bottle bank is here: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Glass-recycling.aspx 

Glass drop off

Is glass starting to pile up in your house?

The LUU Leeds Community Project will be taking in glass of any colour for recycling outside the Hyde Park Picture House on the following dates from 11am until 3pm.

  • Wednesday 29 November

  • Friday 1st December

  • Wednesday 6th December

  • Friday 8th December

Come on down with your bottles and jars and pick up a brew on us.

HYPH too far to go? Check out where your nearest bottle bank is here: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Glass-recycling.aspx 

Glass drop off

Is glass starting to pile up in your house?

The LUU Leeds Community Project will be taking in glass of any colour for recycling outside the Hyde Park Picture House on the following dates from 11am until 3pm.

  • Wednesday 29 November

  • Friday 1st December

  • Wednesday 6th December

  • Friday 8th December

Come on down with your bottles and jars and pick up a brew on us.

HYPH too far to go? Check out where your nearest bottle bank is here: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Glass-recycling.aspx 

Glass drop off

Is glass starting to pile up in your house?

The LUU Leeds Community Project will be taking in glass of any colour for recycling outside the Hyde Park Picture House on the following dates from 11am until 3pm.

  • Wednesday 29 November

  • Friday 1st December

  • Wednesday 6th December

  • Friday 8th December

Come on down with your bottles and jars and pick up a brew on us.

HYPH too far to go? Check out where your nearest bottle bank is here: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Glass-recycling.aspx 

Sustainable Campus Map

Welcome to our brand-new Sustainability Campus Map! Here we have documented all the projects going on around campus. It also shows where the available amenities are on campus.

You can remove layers from the map by clicking the eye icons on the menu, this makes it easier to find something specific.

Interested in air quality on campus? Click here to check out the Air Quality Map created by one of our Living Lab projects.

To see a full-screen version of the map below, please click here

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Water cooler locations were audited in Spring 2019. Some rooms or buildings may not be publicly accessible. Should you wish to report a change to a drinking water point, please email sustainability@leeds.ac.uk

Leave Leeds Tidy: pre-Easter collection

Leave Leeds tidy before you head home and get rid of your unwanted glass, clothes and non-perishable food at LUU’s collection point!

Volunteers will be set up outside Hyde Park Picture House on:

  • MONDAY 20th MARCH – 3pm – 7pm
  • WEDNESDAY 22nd MARCH – 3pm – 7pm
  • FRIDAY 24th MATCH – 12pm – 3pm

School of Healthcare Sustainability Survey

As part of the School of Healthcare’s Green Impact Silver Award, the team conducted a staff survey to help understand the attitudes and views on sustainability within the department. This would also provide a baseline of information with which to work with in future years. The questions focused around attitudes, barriers and recommendations and 43 responses were received (which was almost 20% of School staff). As the staff play an important role in meeting sustainability targets, it is beneficial to make sure that they are involved in the decision making process in an attempt to making any initiatives as successful as possible.

 

Overall, the survey was well received and provided a wide range of comments that will be useful for the department when deciding and implementing new sustainability initiatives. The results suggested that staff who answered this survey see sustainability as important and necessary; with most defining it as minimising use of resources, protecting the environment and thinking long term. When asked how they believed they contributed to sustainability at work, the two most common responses were associated with recycling and printing, indicating a focus could be put on other areas.

 

Staff felt the department could be doing more to be sustainable, and provided an interesting range of recommendations on how to do this, including light usage reminders, collecting food waste in kitchens, encouraging more remote working, better communications and changing some working practices and attitudes.

The recommendations on how the School could be more sustainable also seem to be linked to the barriers that are perceived – primarily, school processes, working practices and attitudes, time, lack of communication and issues with facilities.

The most cited barrier that stops staff from being sustainable was time, with many responses stating they are too busy to think about how they can improve their actions. The results showed that the best way to encourage the staff to be more sustainable is to demonstrate the positive impact they are having by taking these alternative actions. The survey also showed that 70% of the respondents were aware of the department’s Food Bank partnership, showing there is potential for improved communication as it is a scheme the department has really tried to push. Email was by far the most preferred method of notification about what the department is doing in relation to sustainability.

 

The information gained showed there was a definite interest in sustainability within the department, with people wanting to be able to do more. The results will influence our continuing work within the School and will also be a useful tool to compare year on year progress and receive continuous feedback.

Jack Clarke & Tim Knighton

Leave Leeds Tidy: pre-Easter collection

Leave Leeds tidy before you head home and get rid of your unwanted glass, clothes and non-perishable food at LUU’s collection point!

Volunteers will be set up outside Hyde Park Picture House on:

  • MONDAY 20th MARCH – 3pm – 7pm
  • WEDNESDAY 22nd MARCH – 3pm – 7pm
  • FRIDAY 24th MATCH – 12pm – 3pm

Leave Leeds Tidy: pre-Easter collection

Leave Leeds tidy before you head home and get rid of your unwanted glass, clothes and non-perishable food at LUU’s collection point!

Volunteers will be set up outside Hyde Park Picture House on:

  • MONDAY 20th MARCH – 3pm – 7pm
  • WEDNESDAY 22nd MARCH – 3pm – 7pm
  • FRIDAY 24th MATCH – 12pm – 3pm