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The Sustainability Unit sits within the Estates & Facilities Department and aims to ensure that the University of Chester leads by example, putting sustainability at the heart of decision making and service delivery.

The University of Chester is ranked 78th in the People and Planet University League 2022

We recognise our responsibility to function with due concern for the environment in which we live and work, and to minimise the impact of our activities on that environment and promote awareness through all of our educational activities.

Our goal is to embed sustainability throughout our campuses, communities, cultures, and curriculum. We seek to continually improve our environmental performance by implementing policies and processes.

Sustainability Matters

As an educator and one of the largest employers in the city of Chester, the University of Chester prides itself on its history and values. In an ever-changing Higher Education landscape, it is vital that the University truly embeds sustainability as part of its educational, scholarly, and operational activities. 

Sustainability Matters. Our students and the young people coming into Higher Education are demanding more in terms of climate action and what they want to learn and participate in, to create a sustainable future for ours and future generations. Consistently, over the last 10 years, more than 80% of students surveyed believe that sustainable development should be actively promoted and incorporated by UK universities, a belief which increases as they progress through their studies. 

Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 ambitious goals set by the UN General Assembly in 2015. The 17 Goals are an urgent call for action to improve health & education, reduce inequality, spur economic growth - while tackling climate change and working to preserve the oceans and forests. We aim to align our activity within the sustainability strategy to demonstrate how we are contributing to these goals.