How we are working towards a greener University
We work closely with key services and project management teams to provide outstanding facilities and help deliver continual improvement within the concept of a 'sustainable university'.
Our initiatives are designed to either enhance engagement with sustainable living through awareness raising or directly making improvements by reducing our carbon and ecological footprints.
Our work ranges from visible campus activity through to discreet infrastructure improvements, here are just a few of the ways the University is going green:
- Implementing various recycling facilities throughout our campuses
- Participating in the Citybike scheme
- Improving sustainable water and heating infrastructure including:
- Rainwater harvesting at the Byrom Street site
- Solar thermal heat collectors at the Redmonds Building
- Green roof implementation at the John Lennon Art and Design Building
- Engaging students at welcome events and organising the Go Green Week sustainability event
- Supporting sustainable food initiatives
- Reviewing and improving cycle storage across the campuses
Teaching and research
Take a look at some examples of the projects around sustainability that are taking place at LJMU:
- Forest School
- Green Spaces Research Group
- Eco homes
- Clean Growth UK
- Online summer course: Sustainability and Employability
- Racing the King Tide documentary
- Climatica: You and the experts exploring Climate Science (with LJMU’s Dr Tim Lane)
LJMU enters the UI Green Metric on an annual basis and as such conducts exercises to quantify sustainability in teaching and research as this is one of the core scoring criteria. For the 2017/18 year it was estimated that LJMU published 256 peer-review research publications related to environment and sustainability and that relevant research funding totalled approximately £900k.
Our team often receive requests to provide insight on the organisation’s sustainability performance, to support student coursework and projects in a range of sustainability disciplines. From energy management to green human resources, from campus transport assessments to organisational strategy, to student attitudes on sustainability, and more. Students are always welcome to get in touch with their queries about LJMU’s performance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accreditations and future plans
In 2013 LJMU was awarded a Silver accreditation under the widely recognised EcoCampus Environmental Management System (EMS). EMS provides a framework through which to monitor and embed best practice in sustainable and environmental performance. We are currently reviewing our performance for the Bronze and Silver awards to reaccredit this year. Longer term we are striving towards a Gold and ultimately Platinum accreditation which is equivalent to the ISO14001, an internationally-recognised benchmark for environmental performance.
In addition, we've previously received both first class and 2:1 awards in the People & Planet University League. Awarded annually, the People & Planet’s University League is an independent league table of UK universities ranked by environmental and ethical performance.
We have had two consecutive entries to the UI Green Metric – a world ranking of all participating universities based on their environmental and sustainability progress. LJMU entered in October 2015 out of 21 UK-based universities. We placed 15th out of the UK-based universities and 168th out of 407 total universities across the world.
Through our participation in the Sustainable Fish Cities campaign we are committed to serving sustainable fish in our 'Eat' outlets as well as through our hospitality and fine dining events.
LJMU is also proud to be a Fairtrade institution. We are committed to supporting, promoting and using Fairtrade goods. Find out more about this accreditation on the intranet (login required).