The University is committed to acting in a socially responsible way that maximises its positive and minimises its negative impact on society and the communities in which it is based. This is reflected in the University’s strategy Building Excellence which states that “we will embed sustainability and social responsibility into all of our processes, operations and developments” and also “will work closely with local partners to enhance the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of the communities and regions in which we reside”.

Utilising the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) the University is taking positive steps forward in raising awareness and embedding Sustainability across Schools, Departments and Accommodation on campus, as well as to benefit the wider community.

About Response to global climate change

How are we doing?

Donations worth £437k given to the BHF

Since 2012 LU students and staff have donated items worth £437k to the British Heart Foundation.

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Over 75% of waste has been recycled annually

Figure maintained for the last 8 years

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37% reduction in Carbon Emissions

Relative to Student Numbers compared to the 2010 baseline year.

Awarded Bronze

As part of the Hedgehog Friendly Campus initiative

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CO2 car emissions reduced by over 20%

Reduced car commute emissions since the inception of our Sustainable Travel Plan.

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Campus bees produce 1,300lbs honey since 2016

It takes 12 bees to produce one teaspoon of honey. We have around 500,000 in our apiary.

Sustainability Essentials Training

Take our short Sustainability Essentials course to enhance your knowledge around how you can reduce both your own and the Universities Carbon Impact.

Waste and recycling

The university works hard, with both staff and students, to manage our waste seeking opportunities to reduce waste, maximise reuse, increase recycling and divert waste from landfill at every opportunity.


The University is committed to creating a healthy, sustainable environment that is accessible for everyone.


It takes a lot of energy to support a world class university and there is a fine balance between reducing energy consumption and providing world class facilities to our staff and students.


The University has and established Biodiversity Working Group. The remit of this group is to develop and steer delivery of the Biodiversity Action Plan for the whole University.