Social Responsibility

The University launches the biggest environmental sustainability initiative for staff in higher education.

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:59:00 GMT

A giant 10,000 willow structure has appeared outside University Place this week to raise awareness of 10,000 Actions - the biggest environmental sustainability initiative in higher education, which the University launched to all staff today.

Many of the things our staff do in work are already contributing to a more sustainable society. 10,000 Actions will allow them to do even more by giving all 10,000+ staff the chance to take action on sustainability at the University of Manchester.

Through the programme our staff will be able to plan how they manage their environmental impact, track their progress as they complete their actions and celebrate their achievements. The more people do, the more we’ll all achieve together. In addition, for every action plan that is produced, £1 will be provided to support the planting of an oak woodland in Manchester, enhancing the local environment for communities and wildlife, and improving local air quality.

Environmental sustainability is a priority for the University as it’s central to our core goal of social responsibility. We’re the only university in the UK to have this strategic focus on making a difference as a core priority. 10,000 Actions will allow us to make a difference, individually and collectively, in tackling one of the world’s grandest challenges.

James Thompson, Associate Vice-President for Social Responsibility, said: “In September the University provided all 8,000 first year undergraduate students with the opportunity to take part in the Sustainability Challenge.”

“I’m delighted that we are now launching the UK’s biggest sustainability initiative for staff – 10,000 Actions. This means that within two months, over 18,000 of our staff and students have been encouraged to actively engage with environmental sustainability and make a real difference.”

Watch our video or visit 10,000 Actions to start the programme.

To follow our 10,000 Actions activities follow us on Twitter @UoMSust using the hashtag #10000Actions.

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