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Sustainability at University of Chester

Sustainability is not limited to our buildings and infrastructure, it is a part of every process, decision and action taken at the University and spans our 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 through our students and through our Citizen Student Strategy we are committed to equipping students to be engaged citizens in an increasingly uncertain world and 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 knowledge they will need to tackle these challenges in their professional and personal lives.

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 reduce our emissions to Net Zero, 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.

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

Reporting on Progress

Each term, the Sustainability Unit reports to the University's Health, Safety and Environment Committee. The committee comprises representatives from the Strategic Executive Team, Heads of Department, academic representatives, Professional Services, the Students' Union, and Trade Unions. Progress, challenges, and targets within each of the four strategic themes are presented to the committee who have oversight and input to the strategic development of sustainability at the University. At the start of the academic year a summary report is presented to Council and included within the University's Annual Review 2021 (Previous reviews are available here).