Focus on waste and resource use

The University of Reading has a fantastic track record on waste and resource use – in 2023 we were ranked the best University in the UK and Europe for UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12: Responsible Consumption and Reduction (please see this blog for further details). We divert 98.8% of waste from landfill – up from 98.3% last year. We now produce 41kg of waste per person on campus – which is down from 62kg in 2015/16, 35% below our 2015/16 baseline. 62% of our waste was reused or sent for recycling or composting in 2022/23. Further information about our…
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University of Reading Travel Survey 2024

We all have to travel to University, now it is your chance to have your say. The Sustainability Team want to know how you currently travel, what you would like to see improved and any other travel ideas. Students - Complete the survey Staff – Complete the survey     This year, we’re offering the chance to enter a prize draw to win one of 3x£100 or 10x£20 ASDA or M&S vouchers which would be a welcome treat to brighten up January! The feedback from the survey will form the basis of our new 5 year travel plan so now…
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Rising to the top of the green league

The University of Reading has been ranked as the number one University in the 2023/24 People and Planet University League, rising from 4th place last year. This is the first time the University has achieved 1st place and we’re enormously proud to attain this, out of 151 UK Universities which reflects our environmental leadership and institutional commitment to sustainability . We have attained the 1st class universities status consistently since 2019. Year 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 P&P Score 55% No league published 69.9% 75.8% 81.8% Our overall score in 2019 was 55%, and in 2023 this has risen to…
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Going green at Green Festival 2023

This year’s Green Festival was held from 14-16 November and it was packed schedule of events which attracted a range of people across our University Community. The Sustainability Team would like to extend their thanks to the following people and teams who we worked closely with to deliver this great programme of events: Reading Students Union, Careers, Dominque Davies, Dylan Parkes, Reading Buses, Leonie Fisher, Bethany Brown, Jamie Robertson, Hedgehog Society, RECC, Citizens Advice, Water Aid, Community team, Students Advice Service, cycling team, Chaplaincy, UPP, MERL, Student Comms, Digital Engagement Team, Reading Students Union communications team and the University Internal…
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How to keep your bike secure

  Bicycle thefts, attempted thefts and damages are a nationwide issue, and our campuses are unfortunately not exempt. We continually work to improve security around our cycle parking to ensure that cycling remains an attractive, safe and viable option for our staff, students and visitors.     What do we do already? Thousands of cycle parking spaces, including secure cycle compounds across Whiteknights campus and at various Halls; Our Security team actively works to tackle cycle thefts through ‘Operation Velo’; We offer free bicycle security labels and discounted bike locks (available from the Security window at Whiteknights House); Our weekly…
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Celebrating sustainability at Green Festival 2023

It’s Green Festival 2023 – the University of Reading’s annual sustainability celebration. This year the festival will be held on 14-16 November and we have an action packed schedule, which really does include something for everyone. Highlights include: Combat fast fashion with our clothes swap Become informed about the impact of our consumer habits on the Amazon rainforest Take part in our Big Discussion about Climate Justice Show off in our sustainable fashion show Join in with our eco poetry workshop Take action for our local environment by taking part in our litter picks Learn how to save money by…
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Henley Business School- Number 1 business faculty in the UK for smallest carbon footprint

Recently,  the FT Masters in Finance Ranking has recognised our Henley Business School for having a minimal carbon footprint, coming joint first in the UK overall in this element the FT’s Rankings. This achievement reflects the commitment we have towards maintaining our green credentials, and also to our Net Zero by 2030 strategy. Click this link to our webpage, which details our carbon management projects: Carbon Management Projects - Sustainability (reading.ac.uk). We are currently the 4th most sustainable university in the UK, according to the latest ‘People and Planet’ University League in 2022. Click this link to find out more:…
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Consider the air handled! With AHU upgrades

The project Over the yearlong course from winter 2021-2022, we have successfully upgraded components of several Air Handling Units (AHUs) across our university campuses (Whiteknights, Greenland’s and London Road) in order to save huge amounts of energy and carbon. This sustainability project was funded by the Department for Energy and Net Zero, under the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) and delivered by Salix. The upgrades oversaw ten inverters and ten fan motors replaced within five older, inefficient AHUs. The units were replaced on a like for like basis, with more modern fittings and higher efficiencies where appropriate. All the AHUs…
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A Solar Success! New 600kWp Rooftop Solar PV arrays

During Autumn 2021, new Solar PV arrays were installed across 7 buildings on Whiteknights campus creating a huge annual energy and carbon saving. The project was delivered by Salix, and funded by the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS), whereby a grant was awarded to The University in order for us to be able to carry out such instalments to meet our net zero by 2030 target. What is a Solar PV array? A Solar PV array is an assembly of photovoltaic panels, that are most commonly known as solar panels. Across our university campuses in total, we have 3400 solar…
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A star-studded Fairtrade accreditation

Great news! We have recently been awarded a 2-star Fairtrade University and College status award, delivered by SOS (Students Organising for Sustainability) and the Fairtrade Foundation. This accreditation is an excellent achievement for us, as this shows the University’s commitment towards: reducing the impact of our consumption, sustainable practices, and ethical support towards fairtrade communities and livelihoods. We are passionate about continuing to involve Fairtrade practices into our policy making, procurement, campaigns, university studies and of course into our food outlets. As a University, we were originally awarded Fairtrade University Status in 2020, from which our recent accreditation means we…
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