Sustainability Team - Uni of Sussex

In 2021, we published our Sustainable Sussex strategy, which sets out our ambition to be one of the most sustainable universities in the world. You can find out more about our strategy here. SUSTAINABLE SUSSEX

We have four key objectives within the strategy, each with key aims:

ETHICAL EDUCATORS We will embed sustainability into all aspects of student learning and experience

DECARBONISING THE ECONOMY W e will reach net zero by 2035 through our action plan for achieving this

Students as partners and innovators

Sustainable supply chain

Sustainability taught within all degrees

Active and sustainable commuting

THE SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMME The Sustainability Programme represents an exciting next chapter in the University’s journey towards Net Zero. We have committed almost £5m of funding to help us build our capacity and capability, and to ensure that we have a robust and realistic plan to reach our goal. There are a number of roles funded through this Programme, which is led by Allan Spencer, Director of Finance, and Chris Harrison, Deputy Director of Estates.

Sustainable research practices

Better business travel

Supporting equality, diversity and inclusion

Community and voluntary impact

CIVIC LEADERS AND PARTNERS W e will positively impact the community through a sustainable supply chain, social responsibility and low transport emissions

ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPIONS W e will promote biodiversity and sustainable food, waste and water consumption and recycling.

We anticipate that the Programme will be delivered in three Tranches, with Tranche One being primarily around information gathering, planning and capacity building. In this Tranche we will: • Create a new Net Zero Pathway • Improve and increase our metering • Provide short term funding to supplement our existing operations • Grow our organisational leadership and capacity, both in relation to Net Zero and the other objectives that form Sustainable Sussex • Explore ‘quick wins’ to reduce energy consumption or carbon emissions, or to support sustainable choices

Delivery of the above objectives will ultimately enable us to provide a comprehensive business case by October 2024 which will be considered by the University as part of the Term One committee cycle, and will set out a plan and accompanying resource requirements to achieve Net Zero and deliver on the commitments of the Sustainable Sussex strategy.

Net zero by 2035

50% of waste recycled by 2025

Excellent carbon accounting

Responsible food and water production and consumption

Decarbonised energy infrastructure

Biodiverse campus

Behaviour changers

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