April 15, 2014, by sustainablenottingham

Sustainability – 2020 Vision

The University is currently developing its strategic plan, looking ahead to the period 2015 – 2020, so it’s right that we refresh the University’s environment strategy and consider the wider sustainability issues we face in 2014. The University published its current Environment Strategy in 2010 and has been acknowledged as broad, ambitious and setting out an ambition for The University of Nottingham to be a leading organisation both in terms of its operations, its teaching and research.

At the same time, the One Nottingham Green Partnership is refreshing and developing a strategy that will lead the City’s commitment to sustainability. Last month, a workshop of key stakeholders were brought to together to begin to shape that agenda, with key themes around health and wellbeing, energy, travel and mobility, procurement and waste. Over the coming months, the City will develop its thinking and the University will help shape it alongside the development of our own strategy.

Our challenge, over the coming weeks and months, is to develop a strategy that meets the needs of the University and is consistent with the City’s own strategy. To do that we will be consulting with our students, our staff, suppliers, alumni, partners and local communities so that we can shape a strategy that means we will be ever more sustainable in what we do and how we do it. That means thinking about how and what we teach, embedding sustainability into our teaching programmes and building on the excellent work of the University’s first MOOC – ‘Sustainability and You‘. We already undertake world leading research in energy, materials science, business management, climate change, building design, chemistry – all of which contribute to Nottingham’s sustainability and of course, we need to think about our operations and how we use our enormous spending influence in the local community – collectively and individually.

Look out for the consultation events starting in May – we know you have great ideas and we would love for you to share them with us.

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