Student Sustainability

Find out how you can live and learn sustainably whilst studying at the University of Greenwich.

As a student at the University of Greenwich, you have joined a community with sustainability on the forefront of our minds. Globally,  80% of students want their institution to do more on environment issues (NUS Skills Survey). Around 60% of those same students want to learn more about sustainability, both in their degrees and personal lives.  They want to take action and make a difference. It is no surprise that our students expect to see us act on sustainability as part of their university experience.

Whether your ambition is to be a nurse, biomedical scientist, film director, accountant, musician, engineer or fashion designer, sustainability is the game changer for all professions. We want to help you navigate your future career to tackle global concerns whatever industry you're in. The University employability services can help you prepare. Have a look at our presentation for how embedding sustainable practices can positively influence your industry.

It is not only the environment that benefits; you will also witness financial and social improvements.  Our Engagement Strategy sets out we will engage our students and staff to bring about positive change throughout all activities and processes.

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90,000kWh of energy saved in halls through Student Switch Off

3 tonnes of items donated to charity every year

Leading on national campaigns

Volunteering to maintain a clean campus environment

Changing behaviours for a better planet

Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) for Students

The SDGs are 17 goals, signed by all 193 UN countries in 2015, that outline the vision for a sustainable world by 2030. Through innovations and collaboration, we can bring about positive change on a local and global scale. What SDGs are most relevant to you, and what you can do to help turn their aims into a reality? Can you link these into your projects and coursework?

How to get involved

  • Look out, participate, and help to organise annual campaigns in the year:
  • Listen and take part in our podcast, The GREen Pod.  What actions are you taking, or researching in?
  • Join Eco-Team, the student and staff network driving change.
  • Tackle environmental issues or incorporate the SDGs into your projects and research.
  • Ask your lecturers to include sustainable content into your learning.
  • Dispose of items in the correct waste bin, always check the posters.
  • Staying in halls? Click here for what you can do to live sustainably & save money.
  • Renting privately? Click here for what you can do to live sustainably & save money.
  • Set a zero-print target and think about whether you really need to print?
  • Contact us to join our environmental internal audit programme; making sure we are reducing impacts.
  • Click here to access our blog pages; read about student experiences, campaigns, see our action areas and more opportunities.

Volunteer with Nature

We have over 6 hectares of natural landscape (over 9 footballs pitches in size) across our campuses.  Please explore these areas.  If you are at Avery Hill, you can volunteer in our Community Garden and Fruit Orchard (behind David Fussey), a fantastic way to get closer to nature and learn about organic growing.  Contact the Sustainability Team for more information.

What wildlife have you seen on campus?  Record your sightings here; register, search for your campus under 'activity' and submit your sightings.  Help us to understand what we have on site and how we can conserve it.

Hedgehog Friendly Campus initiative

We were the 58th University nationwide to sign-up to the Hedgehog Friendly Campus initiative. Anyone can be involved and there are a lot of activities to do.