Sustainability can be defined as 'development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs'.

We have introduced a number of sustainability initiatives, including:

  • the implementation of a green travel plan;
  • the implementation of a Fairtrade policy;
  • the appointment of an environmental and sustainability officer and a waste coordinator;
  • the establishment of an Energy Team and a University-wide Sustainability Steering Group.

Sustainability is also increasingly at the heart of many of our top-flight research groups. We are home to the UK's largest single campus-based community of researchers with interests in sustainability and the environment, and research groups such as the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, the Joule Centre for Energy Research, the Centre for Urban Regional Ecology, the Sustainable Consumption Institute and the Global Development Institute are committed to ongoing research into sustainability issues.

You can get involved in sustainability issues whilst studying at Manchester by engaging with various initiatives, including the Students' Union Climate Change Campaign and Going Green Environmental Policy, and the Student Sustainability Forum, which holds monthly meetings in the Students' Union.

Sustainability in Schools

Various University Schools run environmental sustainability initiatives, some of which include providing course units that enable students to learn more about environmental issues. Find out more about environmental sustainability in the following Schools:

Sustainability course units

While some students may wish to simply demonstrate their commitment to sustainability through non-curricular activities, there are a number of course units related to sustainability for those who would like to undertake credit-bearing study in this field. Examples include:

Sustainability in study abroad

The International Programmes Office at the University is also committed to sustainable development, demonstrated through a number of initiatives, including:

  • development of a paperless online application process for students;
  • encouraging offsetting airline travel;
  • going green within the office, through recycling paper, glass and plastic.

Volunteering opportunities in conservation

Students undertaking the Study Abroad plus Leadership and Service pathway can get involved with local environmental and conservation projects as part of their community engagement activity.