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Durham University


Groups and Teams

Carbon Management Team

The Carbon Management Team oversee the development and implementation of the Carbon Management Plan. The Team meet bi-monthly and also manage the Carbon ring-fenced budget. The Team consists of a range of staff from different departments and also has student representation.

Environmental Sustainability Strategic Planning Group

The Environmental Sustainability Strategic Planning Group oversee the University's Environmental, Vision, Policy and Strategy and are an advisory body to the University Executive Committee. The Group meet twice per year to discuss environmental issues in the University. The Group reviews, on behalf of UEC, the University’s environmental policies, keeping UEC regularly informed of progress made in implementing the policiesThe diverse nature of the University is well represented on this Group with membership consisting of both staff and students.

Fairtrade Steering Group

The Fairtrade Steering Group meets once a term to discuss the development and implementation of Fairtrade Policy within the University. The Group consists of both staff and students.

Greenspace Student Environment Group

The Greenspace Student Environment Group is a University initiative consisting of elected student college Environment Representatives, overseen by the Greenspace Sustainability Coordinator. The Group's objective is to encourage students to adopt environmentally sustainable behaviours. Alongside working within the colleges, the Group organises University-wide events throughout the year, and also acts as a platform for student-led environmental projects. The Group meets fortnightly during term time to share progress and plan campaigns.

Single Use Plastic Working Party

As you might be aware we signed, Durham County Councils pledge to:

  • Significantly reduce and work towards ultimately removing the use of unnecessary single-use plastics from our operations; and
  • Encourage and support others to do the same.

The newly established Single Use Plastic Working Party, have been working hard to phase out unnecessary plastic from Durham University!

Sustainable Travel Plan Steering Group

The SustainableTravel Plan Steering Group provides the management support required to take forward the strategic decisions of the University relating to Travel Planning, including contributing to the establishment of the Sustainable Travel Plan 2014-2020 The Group’s membership consists of both University staff and student representatives including Trade Union members, as well as external representation from Durham County Council. The Group has a Terms of Reference.

Staff Environment Champions

A staff representative(s) from every department and college within the University makes up the Environment Champions network. The Environment Champion(s) acts as an environmental advocate and champions best practice for their department or college. The Champions also act as a vital two-way communication between Greenspace and their respective department or college. Each of the sixteen colleges has an Environment Team, of which the Environment Champion is a member.