What is sustainability and why is it important?
The Brundtland Report, compiled by the UN-established Brundtland Commission, was set up to unite countries to pursue sustainability together. It defines sustainable development as a way of improving everybody’s quality of life by employing efficient and conscientious resource management to sustain our assets and mitigate any negative environmental, social or financial impacts of our activities.
At Liverpool John Moores University we take this definition to heart. We have a need to act sustainably to ensure that our community is resilient, healthy and happy and that we can continue to deliver excellent, world-class education and innovation to future generations. By embedding sustainability in the core of all of our processes we are playing our part in tackling climate change and minimising consequential damage to the planet.
Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Meeting and exceeding expectations
Studies carried out by the Higher Education Academy and the National Union of Students suggest that over 80% of students in the UK believe that sustainable development should be actively incorporated and promoted by universities and over 60% of students want to learn more about it. As a respected civic higher education institution we acknowledge our responsibility to our students, staff and the wider community. Led by the Strategic Plan 2012-17, which acknowledges our vision to be recognised as a modern civic university delivering solutions to the challenges of the 21st Century, we are well-positioned to lead and influence sustainable development in our performance, teaching and research, both inspiring students and helping to shape the city of Liverpool towards a more sustainable future.
From the links below you’ll find information on specific areas of sustainability and what we are working towards:
100%of the University's electricity comes from renewable sources
18%reduction in emissions has been achieved by LJMU
66%of the University's waste is recycled
80%of UK students think sustainable development should be actively incorporated/promoted by universities
How you can make a difference
If you’d like to do your part for sustainability see each of the specific topics to find out ways you can make a difference or take a look at our 17 low-effort ways to be more eco-friendly at uni.
Please get in touch with us if you would like to offer suggestions on how we can improve sustainability at the University or any other aspect of this important topic.