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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 the ethics, and the impacts we have but also in terms of what they want to learn and participate in, to create a sustainable future for ours and future generations. Consistently for 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. Student attitudes towards skills for sustainable development August 2018.

Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 ambitious goals set by the UN General Assembly in 2015 to build on the Millennium Development Goals set in 2000. 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.

Sustainability at University of Chester

Our goal is to embed sustainability throughout our campuses, curriculum, cultures and communities.

The Sustainability Unit sits within the Estates and Facilities Department of the University. However, sustainability is not limited to our buildings and infrastructure. Sustainability is a part of every process, decision and action taken at the University and spans the academic Faculties and all aspects of professional services teams, for example from how we purchase goods and services and the impact this has on our wider supply chain, to how we look after and value our staff.

As a University, the biggest impact we can have is to educate our students in sustainability. We endeavour to equip them with the knowledge of environmental, social, economic and political challenges and opportunities we will face in the future. We work with academic and professional services to create opportunities in the formal and informal curriculum, to enable students to develop the skills and attributes they will need to tackle these challenges.
 

Sustainability Strategy

The Sustainability Strategy is the starting point on which we base the foundation of the next phase of embedding sustainability at the University. Our strategy aligns with the four Cs - Campus, Communities, Cultures and Curriculum. Since the launch of the University’s first Sustainability Strategy in 2012, we have developed and evolved our understanding and commitment to how we operate sustainably as a University. We review and challenge ourselves to be ambitious in our targets and plans, and be action-focussed.

The University acknowledges that there is a climate crisis and that it is one of the most significant challenges facing humanity. It is now crucial that we act to mitigate against releasing more emissions, as well as identify ways we can adapt to the impacts that we will encounter as a result of the emissions already locked into the climate system.

The University of Chester is committed to safeguarding a liveable climate for all. As a University that seeks to provide all its students and staff with the education, skills, support and motivation to enable them to develop as confident world citizens and successfully serve and improve the global communities within which they live and work, it is vitally important that we create a culture for our students and staff to contribute to the strategy. Each section of the strategy has a set of comprehensive objectives and plans outlining the actions we will take to meet our targets and identify further opportunities to enable us to solve social, environmental and economic challenges, through positive transformation.

We aim to not only minimise our negative impact, but to actively create collaborative partnerships within our local community to build and develop initiatives that have a positive effect on the people and environment where we work and live. 

 

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