Find out how you can incorporate environmental principles into teaching and inspire our students.

We are inviting you to make a difference at the University of Greenwich by joining a community with sustainability at the forefront of our minds. It is not just about greening the campus (though we are proud of that), but developing new ways of thinking, learning, implementing a better future for us all and making a positive impact right now.

It is no surprise that our employees also expect to see us act on sustainability as part of their university experience.  Industries in the UK are seeing positive trends in environment issues being discussed and acted upon.  98% of NHS staff believe it is important for health & care systems and 71% of manufacturers who made positive change are now seeing financial benefits too.  In education following on from a 10 year study, the UN produced a short video on how high education is assisting the sustainable agenda.

Together we can educate our students and across our departmental teams make positive changes.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Sustainable Development Goals are 17 goals that outline the vision for a sustainable world by 2030.  Signed by all 193 countries at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in 2015, these goals recognise the interlinks between poverty, economic growth, social needs and environmental impact.

The power of these goals is that they work across all levels of government, for all nations and at all levels.  Through innovations and collaboration, we can bring about positive change on a local and global scale.

In partnership with the Universities of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church, we delivered an SDG into teaching initiative at the Medway Campus to increase awareness, understanding and incorporation of the goals.  We are now spreading this plan across Greenwich and Avery Hill campuses.

What SDGs are most relevant to you, and how you are contributing to them in your work:

  • What SDG’s are you most passionate about?
  • How are you already incorporating the SDGs into your work, research, or teaching?
  • Are the SDG’s explicitly mentioned with visuals to illustrate how they relate?
  • Are you making changes in your role to better influence and contribute to the SDGs?
  • Are colleagues and students aware of the SDGs?
  • Can any projects be related to the SDGs?
  • What other areas of working or student life relate to the goals?

Are you an academic staff member?

Whether you are teaching or researching into economics, healthcare, law, design or architecture, sustainability can be included and will be an important consideration within profession challenges. We can support you in embedding sustainability into your teaching and research.

Are you a professional staff member?

We need to challenge our past and current processes to ensure we meet a sustainable future.  From purchases of paper to energy use; all departments have an opportunity to generate positive change.  The Sustainability Team is here to support you.

How to get involved

Become a sustainable champion and challenge your working processes, encourage best practice, or be involved in the latest campaigns.  From litter picking to wildlife shelter making, there is something for everyone.

Based at Avery Hill?  Volunteer at our Community Garden or Fruit Orchard (behind David Fussey).

Fancy a walk?  Remember to record your wildlife sightings; register, search for your campus under ‘activity’ and submit your sightings.  What about helping one of our favourite mammals?  We are part of the national Hedgehog Friendly Campus initiative.  Anyone can be involved and there are a lot of activities to do.  Check out our dedicated hedgehog blog pages here.