At the University of Sheffield we are committed to managing our environmental impact at all levels.
The Energy Team and the Environment Team in Department of Estates and Facilities Management oversee initiatives to manage and reduce the impacts of our energy use, water use, transport, recycling and waste.
The University is somewhere where everyone plays a part in our environmental goals. The Green Impact scheme means that all around the University we have groups of staff dedicated to making environmental change in their workplace. Many students are also involved in this scheme, for example via the Student Switch Off at residences.
Examples of current good practice include:
- Recycling schemes for paper and card, electrical equipment, print catridges, batteries and mobile phones. Our general waste is also sent to a facility for recycling and recovery to ensure nothing is missed, including glass, metals and plastics.
- An Integrated Travel Plan and promotion of sustainable travel through public transport discounts and facilities and support for cyclists.
- Satisfying the majority of the University's electricity needs from sustainable sources, both through a green tariff and through on-site renewables such as the Sheffield Solar Farm and our wind turbine at the AMRC.
- 30-plus department teams taking part in Green Impact.
Of course there is always more to be done, and the Energy and Environment Teams are working with the University's senior management, Environmental Champions and Green Impact leads, the Students' Union, our residences and partner organisations within the city on other innovations to safeguard and enhance the environment.
BeCause: we're trying to make things better
Our take on corporate social responsibility is straightforward: we're trying to make things better.
Because we care about our community and the world, we try to operate in a sustainable way, minimising our impact on the environment. We stand up for equality and diversity. If we think carefully about the social and economic impact of our work, we know we can make a difference.