How we are supporting environmental sustainability 

A beekeeper holding up a honeycomb.We’re unique among UK universities in having social responsibility as a core goal in our strategic plan, Our Future. Our commitment to social responsibility is seen in the difference we make to society and the environment through our teaching, research, public engagement and operations – locally, nationally and internationally. Our  Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement Plan has five priorities: social inclusion, prosperous communities, better health, environmental sustainability and cultural engagement.  

Through our research, teaching, operations, engagement and people, The University of Manchester is helping to lead the way to a more sustainable world. We’re at the forefront of tackling key global challenges such as climate change, population growth, rapid urbanisation, overconsumption, food and water security, loss of biodiversity, and pollution. We want to use our full range of knowledge and influence to support a world that is more environmentally sustainable. 

We’ve developed a new platform, Sustainable Futures, to bring together, advance impact and share knowledge about the University’s most significant research, teaching and engagement activity addressing environmental sustainability and climate change. 

The University is creating a Zero Carbon Masterplan to support our transition towards a zero-carbon campus. 

We’re continuing our commitment to eliminating avoidable single-use plastics across catering, laboratories and stationery by 2022 and avoiding waste of all materials. We’re also advancing research and discovery in the use of circular materials. 

Additionally, we are developing strategic partnerships to engage staff, students, alumni and other communities in responsible schemes to support proven natural solutions to capture carbon, restore the natural world and enhance environmental sustainability.


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