Our world can't wait. We must not wait. The climate and ecological emergency is the defining issue of our time.

As a University, as a diverse community of global citizens, we have a shared responsibility to work together to address the urgency of the challenges we all now face.

UWE Bristol is acting today for a sustainable tomorrow

Find out how we are transforming our world for better, for all, for good – as we push ahead on our #OurPathTo2030.

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Education for sustainable development

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) sits at the heart of UWE Bristol’s institutional strategy and teaching and learning framework.

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Research and partnerships

Supporting sustainable development through research.

"If we’re serious about wanting to support future generations then we need to be doing everything we possibly can to ensure that we’re protecting the planet. We’re committed to this cause and the passion from our staff and students is fantastic to see. It’s a privilege to work with people who are dedicated to making a difference."

Professor Sir Steve West, Vice-Chancellor, President and CEO, UWE Bristol

Professor Sir Steve West Vice-Chancellor, President and CEO, UWE Bristol

Sustainability on campus

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Transport and travel

Details on UWE Bristol's targets for 2030 and initiatives for sustainable travel, including eco-friendly ways to get to campus, and The Student Union at UWE's bike loan scheme.

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Carbon, energy and water management

Learn about our carbon, energy and water management plans and projects, including the largest single solar installation in the UK higher education sector.

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Reduce, reuse, recycle

Find out about our commitment to the circular economy, our initiatives to reduce, reuse and recycle, and what to do with your recycling on campus.

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Biodiversity and ecology

How we support biodiversity and ecology, including the Beeline project, our community gardens, meadowscaping, edible plant nurseries and composting.

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All about Fairtrade, why and how UWE Bristol supports Fairtrade practices, and the importance of Fairtrade standards in meeting our Sustainability Plan targets.

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How UWE Bristol Hospitality delivers high-quality sustainable food across our three campuses and how you can help by making planet friendly food and drink choices.

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Purchasing and procurement

Details of our strategy to deliver sustainable procurement and address our suppliers' emissions, as outlined in our Sustainable Purchasing Policy.

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ISO 14001 certification

Information about our ISO14001 certification and how we apply this Environmental Management System to all aspects of our organisation and our accreditation guaranteeing external scrutiny of our progress.


of Institute of the year, Green Gown Awards 2023

Highest score

by The Student Union at UWE for 5th year in a row, NUS Green Impact Award 2022

First class

environmental and ethical performance, 11th in People & Planet League 2023

Sustainability news and events

Find out about the latest news and events relating to sustainability.

Sustainability news

Sustainability events

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