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

Your chance to switch on the University’s new solar panels

The University has begun an ambitious journey to Go Greener and become one of the most environmentally friendly universities in the UK.

During the summer we’ve been hard at work on the largest solar project in UK higher education - installing over 3,000 solar panels to buildings across campus.


The solar panels will provide over a quarter of a million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. That’s enough to power the University’s library for 12 months.

On Friday 13 October we’re going to make the day lucky for someone. A student and a staff member will have the opportunity to join Caroline Lucas MP to switch on solar panels in campus buildings and take us a step further toward halving our carbon emissions.

To be in with a chance to flick the switch, just email Internal Comms explaining in 140 characters or fewer why you’d like the chance to turn on our solar panels.

The closing date for entries is Friday 6 October. Please write ‘Go Greener comp’ in the subject line of your email.

And that’s not all …

As mentioned, Caroline Lucas MP will be on campus on 13 October to help us officially switch on panels in one of our buildings, and she will also be taking part in a panel discussion with some of our experts on renewable energy.

The future’s bright: turning Sussex green takes place in the Meeting House Quiet Room from 10.30am to 11.30am on Friday 13 October. Spaces for this event are limited, so please sign up now.

There will be more competitions announced in the week running up to the solar switch-on, so please keep an eye out on Twitter.      

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Posted on behalf of: Go Greener
Last updated: Friday, 29 September 2017

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