Committed to sustainability

Meeting the needs of today without compromising our future

At LJMU we are committed to acting sustainably in order 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 environmental challenges such as climate change, as well as ensuring that we work towards social and economic sustainability. 

Here are just some of the ways we are meeting our environmental targets as an institution:

  • 100% of the University’s electricity comes from certified renewable sources
  • We generate 7,035 kWh per year from our onsite solar panels
  • We’ve achieved a 44% reduction in emissions against our 2005 baseline, exceeding our target three years ahead of schedule
  • 66% of our waste is recycled and 31% of our waste is processed by energy-from-waste treatment facilities
  • We’ve successfully implemented the Bin the Bottle scheme which has replaced typical water bottle dispensers with mains-fed dispensers around our campuses. Plus our dispenser partner donates part of each year’s LJMU income to support the charity, Just a Drop
  • 100% of our WEEE, confidential paper and skip waste is either recycled, reused or is converted into biomass
  • We have implemented the Green Travel Plan which provides encourages staff and students to consider alternative travel options
  • We have signed up to sustainable food initiatives including offering Fairtrade produce across our campuses

Discover the additional ways we are meeting our environmental sustainability goals.

Our policies and procedures ensure that we act sustainably socially and economically, this includes the procurement of services and following fair and equitable recruitment practices.


Just one of the many bike shelters found on LJMU campuses. The Green Travel Plan encourages students and staff to seek out alternative means of travel.

Creating a low carbon economy

The Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory is a partnership between LJMU, University of Liverpool and Lancaster University and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The project is helping businesses reduce their operational costs, develop new income streams, access new markets and increase their profitability by developing low carbon strategies and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Green housebuilding

LJMU are working with industry to help tackle the sustainability challenges of the country’s housing stock and reduce carbon emissions in line with government targets. We have built three full-scale ‘eco’ houses designed to standards from the 1920s, 1970s and present day, to test and develop new green technologies and building methods. This is the first purpose-built, multi-unit housing test facility in the North of England specifically built for use by innovation and construction SMEs to transform the energy efficiency of homes built over the last 100 years.

Eco house

Three Smart Homes have been built on the Byrom Street campus in order to investigate the energy efficiency of UK housing.

Taking learning outside

Thanks to a partnership with Mersey Forest, our Faculty of Education, Health and Community is enabling primary trainee teachers to explore how green spaces can enhance the teaching of environmental education. Working with Mersey Forest and Conservation Volunteers, we developed a forest school, wildlife meadow habitat and raised growing beds at our IM Marsh campus.

Intergenerational Café

A unique project developed by LJMU's School of Education is helping to tackle loneliness while promoting sustainability. Older residents from socially deprived areas of Liverpool are invited to share cultural traditions and teach forgotten skills including sewing buttons on a shirt, simple knitting and cooking traditional recipes such as scouse to children. These shared activities provide emotional benefits to elderly residents giving them a sense of purpose while encouraging children and their families to be more resourceful, counteracting a throw-away culture. The project has generated significant interest and is being developed by Liverpool City Council Services, LFC Foundation, the Liverpool Museums and Riverside Housing Association. 

Take a look at our feature on the Intergenerational Café.
Watch a BBC video of the Intergenerational Café in action.