Leadership in Sustainability

The University of Greenwich is proud of its progress and the recognition and awards it has received  for its application and delivery of sustainable development. In 2012 we were 1st Place in People and Planet’s University (Green) League and in the last 7 years we have maintained our ‘First Class’ Award. Our latest Annual Sustainability Report can be viewed here.

In 2013 we won the prestigious Times Higher Award for our ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development‘. In 2014 we won the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environment Management’s ‘Corporate Achievement Award‘ for the work the University has done in delivering our proactive biodiversity plans throughout the University estate. In 2014 we also won the Marine Stewardship Scheme’s ‘University of the Year Award‘ for the University and our contractors work in providing only sustainably sourced fish in our catering outlets and publicising the initiative. In 2015 we became one of three universities in the UK to achieve the Gold Food For Life Award for the responsible catering in our campus catering outlets. In 2016 we were finalists in the Green Gown Awards for our sustainability focused work in the ‘Food and Drink’ and ‘Student Engagement’ categories and in 2018 we are again finalists in the ‘Food and Drink’ category.

Our staff and students are delivering significant and often groundbreaking projects illustrating the importance and relevance of sustainability to the world. Our  staff and students are undertaking groundbreaking sustainability work in key areas to turn global challenges into opportunities. Research on carbonation,  algal biofuels and food security in developing nations are a few areas of research among many here at Greenwich that will help deliver sustainable solutions for the future. Our students have been finalists for prestigious competitions including the Mayor’s Low Carbon Entrepreneurs Prize.

We are ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) accredited for the  Estates & Facilities operations which include the main impact areas and operations of the University. We have just opened two new BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rated buildings underlining our commitment to sustainability within our estate and to deliver buildings fit for people and the future.

We seek to share best practice and enable collaborations not only within the University with staff and students but also outside to the wider community.

We are active members of the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges and the London Universities Environment Group and actively contribute to and promote our performance at events and fora outside of the Higher Education sector.

The University of Greenwich is one of London’s leading universities. We provide teaching and research opportunities for 38,000 students, one in five pursuing postgraduate studies. Our research has been judged by our peers as world-leading while many of our award-winning students and staff are celebrated for their achievements and contributions to society.


University of Greenwich Sustainability Blog