Creating a sustainable university

Find out how we're working towards becoming one of the greenest universities in the UK and investing in the largest solar project in the UK higher education sector as part of our Go Greener campaign.

What is Go Greener?

We are working to become one of the greenest universities in the UK and aim to cut carbon emissions by 45% by 2020.

Our University is home to some of the world’s leading sustainability academics, and together, we started a multi-million pound Go Greener programme in summer 2017, which saw more than 3,000 photovoltaics fitted on 30 buildings across the Sussex campus.

In 2018, this will be followed up by the replacement of 27,000 light bulbs with more efficient LED lighting, improved heating and cooling systems and smart metering installed across the campus.

An ongoing project funded by Research Councils UK and led by Professor Jan Selby and the DEMAND Centre, looking at how non-energy policies and practices can have knock-on effects on energy demand, will be used to inform the new Go Greener programme.

Our carbon reduction programme will also include an awareness-raising programme for students, staff and visitors.


Go Greener News

SEF manager reaches finals of sustainability awards

Matthew Arnold

The University’s Energy and Environmental Manager, Matthew Arnold, has made the finals of the Green Gown Awards.

Established in 2004, the Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges in the UK and Ireland.

Matthew Arnold said: “I’m ecstatic to be a finalist for the ‘Sustainability Professional Individual Award’. Since joining the University it has been one of my key ambitions to win a Green Gown award as a result of the good environmental activities that we’re all doing at Sussex.

“I’m honoured that I’ve been recognised for working hard at pushing boundaries and I’m now focused on winning the awards in November.”

Matthew has been at the heart of a long list of energy-saving and sustainable initiatives here at Sussex since he joined the University in May 2014.

The University recently announced its intention to become one of the greenest universities in the UK, in part by nearly halving its carbon emissions by 2020.

Sussex is currently implementing a multi-million pound 'go greener' programme which will initially see over 3,000 solar panels fitted on 29 buildings, replacing 27,000 internal and external lamps with more efficient LED lighting, improved heating and cooling control systems and smart metering installed across the campus.

At the same time Matthew is championing schemes such as Green Impact, the Warp It reuse portal and assisting on street cleans in residential areas - helping the University to make real headway on sustainability issues.

The Green Gown Award winners will be announced at a ceremony in Manchester on 15 November.

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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Wednesday, 2 August 2017

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