Sussex Estates and Facilities

Environmental Policy and Strategy

Sussex Estates and Facilities (SEF) are committed to minimalising the environmental impact of University activities, and to safeguard the campus's heritage, buildings and grounds. The University's chosen approach to managing the environmental impacts of the University is via an approved Environmental Management System (EMS).

The University of Sussex and SEF are working to maintain environmental policies and procedures to achieve ISO 14001.

The objectives and targets of the University have been derived from baseline environmental reviews of eight key themes: community involvement, construction and refurbishment, emissions and discharges, energy and water, health safety and welfare, sustainable procurement, transport, and waste management. These form the basis of the Environmental Management Plan, which incorporates our Carbon Management Plan, as per the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Best Practice Guidance.

The environmental policy and strategy is aided by a continued budget allocating spending towards environmental activities (e.g. EAUC membership and Warp It), as well as student and staff engagement through the Go Green Week scheme. To reach some of the University’s goals, a number of environmental projects such as the AMR metering and solar panel installation have required additional spending beyond these activities. The implementation of these policies is overseen by a number of staff responsible for managing specific areas of sustainability regarding the University’s estates, energy, environment, waste, and transport activities.

The University provides an annual budget (circa £3,500) committed to sustainability and environmentalism, on measure and actions that include an online platform designed to encourage the reuse of equipment on campus and onto the local community, and subscriptions to online environmental-based communications platforms.