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

Sussex signs up to UK’s only cup recycling scheme

A Simply Cup recycling bin

In order to improve recycling rates at the University, SussexFood and the Estates team have signed up to the only paper cup recycling scheme in the UK.

From 20 October, you are invited to dispose of your hot beverage cups in the special ‘Simply Cups’ recycling bins at Eat Central, Arts Piazza and the Jubilee Café.

SussexFood’s Contract Director Amy Smith said: “This new partnership with Simply Cups is something we’ve been working on for some time. It’s exciting to finally see things come to fruition and make a big push for reducing waste here on the Sussex campus.”

SussexFood are also tackling cup waste by selling reusable Mugs for Life at their campus outlets. If you use a Mug for Life or your own cup to buy a hot drink at SussexFood outlets, you're entitled to a 10p discount.

Why are paper cups so hard to recycle?

Over 3 billion paper cups are used each year in the UK. Most are coated inside with a waterproof plastic film. Recycling plants struggle to separate this from the cardboard and instead have to send the cups to landfill or incinerators.

The new recycling scheme involves sending discarded cups to specialist fibre recovery facilities in the UK where the plastic film is removed and recycled, and the paper gets turned into reprocessed fibre. The fibre is then used for packaging or turned into functional new products such as decking or outdoor furniture.

How do you recycle your cup?

Simply Cups bins are located in Eat Central, Jubilee Café and Arts Piazza.

To use the bins:

  • remove your coffee cup lid and place it into the mixed recycling bin
  • pour any leftover liquid into the designated hole in the middle of the Simply Cups bin
  • place your cup in the designated compartment of the Simply Cups bin 

Go Greener at Sussex

The University of Sussex has begun an ambitious journey to become one of the greenest universities in the UK and is working towards cutting its carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2020.

The University, which is home to some of the world’s leading sustainability academics, is engaged in a multi-million pound programme which has already seen more than 3,000 solar panels fitted on 29 buildings - the largest solar project in the UK higher education sector.

Go Greener will also involve the replacement of 27,000 light bulbs with more efficient LED lighting, improved heating and cooling systems, and the installation of smart metering across the campus.

Over the next three years the University will be looking to replace current energy systems with more sustainable alternatives, with the aim of becoming one of the most energy-efficient universities in the UK within the next ten years.

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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Friday, 20 October 2017

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