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

In working at the University of Greenwich, you have joined 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 and implementing a better future for us all. 

What have staff achieved?

It is no surprise that our employees expect to see us act on sustainability as part of their university experience. Industries in the UK are seeing positive trends in environmental issues being discussed. 98% of NHS staff believe it is important for health & care systems. 71% of manufacturers who made positive change are now seeing financial benefits too.  Almost half the workforce (42%) are now wanting to work for an organisation that is having a positive impact on the work. 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 our departmental teams to make positive changes. Staff, like students, have been dedicated in bringing about project success.

  • They've supported students to participate in a student & staff network called Eco-Teams to drive positive change throughout the university.
  • They've organised departmental litter picks around the campuses.
  • They've helped with the Avery Hill community garden.
  • They've become sustainability champions, collaborating to bring positive change to their teams and departments.
  • The libraries have each donated thousands of books to good causes.

How to be involved

Want to be involved? Want to either highlight how you have been incorporating sustainability into teaching, or see how you can? Read on to learn more.

Academic projects

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. Let us help you in how you can incorporate sustainability into your teaching and how we can support.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The SDGs/Global Goals are 17 goals that outline the vision for a sustainable world by 2030. The 17 goals and underlying targets were created and signed by 193 countries at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in 2015.

These goals are increasingly being involved in either teaching or research to highlight how innovations and collaboration can bring about positive change, not only to the local scale but global too.  At our Medway Campus, the three universities present (Greenwich, Kent and Canterbury Christ Church) collaborated in helping to cement SDGs into teaching, projects and wider life.  Building on this success a wider campaign will be brought to all campuses.

Become an academic project supervisor and help students researching sustainability at the University. It could help research move beyond academia to reality.

  • Are you incorporating the SDG's into your teaching?
  • How are you incorporating the SDG's into your teaching? Are they explicitly mentioned with visuals to illustrate how topics relate?
  • Are your students involving the SDG's into their research?
  • Can your project be related to the SDGs?
  • What other areas of working or student life relate to the goals?

Volunteer projects

These could provide collaboration opportunities for your existing research as well as letting you connect with interested students. Volunteer at our Avery Hill community garden. Anyone can monitor wildlife by providing a record to us. This information help us have a better understanding of the wildlife using our sites. Record your sightings.

Operational or departmental staff member?

Are there useful projects for students to carry out in your building, such as a waste audit or staff engagement campaign? Contact us to learn more.