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Durham University

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability


Environmental Sustainability Vision, Policy and Strategy

Durham University is committed to reducing its environmental impact, and improving the local environment, both for the people who live and work in the University and for the wider community. This commitment is reflected in policies, plans and procedures which seek to make the most effective and efficient use of all resources, encouraging all members of the University community to develop an ecologically sound approach to their work and lifestyle.

Our commitment to Environmental Sustainability is also shown in our credentials and achievement of Platinum Accreditation for Eco Campus in December 2020 along with many other aspects of our sustainability agenda.

Read our environmental credentials
Read more about our sustainability agenda
Read our new Sustainability Action Plan
Read more about our policies

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'My Greenspace'

In order to bring all of the University’s environmental initiatives and activities together, we devised 'Greenspace' as the name and concept.

Read more about Greenspace
Visit the My Greenspace website

The University’s Energy and Sustainability Team

The Greenspace team promote our Policies and coordination of our environmental initiatives across the University. Our Environment Champions, Student Representatives and Steering Groups are also key members of Greenspace.

Find out more about the Greenspace team

Greenspace has evolved over the years and we would like to take you on our Greenspace Journey. Find out what we’re working on and how you can get involved by visiting our Greenspace Sway.

Sustainable Development Goals

These 17 goals have the power to create a better world by 2030, by ending poverty, fighting inequality and addressing the urgency of climate change.

Find out how Durham University is contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Featured video

Shaping the Future of Energy - Interview with Prof. Jon Gluyas, Director Durham Energy Institute

Shaping the Future of Energy - Interview with Prof. Jon Gluyas, Director Durham Energy Institute

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Professor Jon Gluyas, Director of Durham Energy Institute (DEI), discusses global energy challenges and how the DEI is working in partnership with representatives from industry, policy and community sectors to research and progress low-carbon energy options. Interview filmed by The Business Debate.

Latest environmental research news


Counting down to the COP26 climate change summit

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Welcome to the first in our monthly ‘Countdown to COP’ series, where we will be exploring climate change research, events and expertise across our University ahead of the next COP climate change summit in November.

(3 Jun 2021) » More about Counting down to the COP26 climate change summit

Developed in Durham: Sphera

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Founded in September 2019 by three PhD students, Sphera is Durham University’s first student spinout.

(28 May 2021) » More about Developed in Durham: Sphera