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

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What's new this term? A note from SussexFood

16 October 2018

At SussexFood we were busy over the summer working on changes based on your feedback. Read more to find out about the adaptions we've made.

Ditching Google – turning searches into trees

12 October 2018

Three Sussex Anthropology students have worked with IT Services to help Sussex students turn their web searches into trees.

Grassland project to create a living lab on campus

4 July 2018

A project to restore an areas of chalky grassland on campus will help rare plants and creatures to thrive.

#EmptyPlateSussex has launched to try and reduce plate waste in SussexFood outlets

16 May 2018

SussexFood and charity Hubbub are working together to try and reduce customer plate waste using #EmptyPlateSussex.

Stop Food Waste Day marked by SussexFood

26 April 2018

Here at SussexFood we’re celebrating and educating others on Stop Food Waste Day on Sussex campus with a number of events, stories and videos.

Four go green on campus: DARO staff launch new lunchtime litter pick initiative

24 April 2018

Inspired by litter-strewn walks and Sussex's 'Go Greener' campaign, staff from DARO have launched a lunchtime litter pick initiative on campus.

Energy efficiency award for University’s solar panel scheme

12 March 2018

The University’s solar panel scheme has been recognised at the South East Energy Efficiency awards.

Sussex co-hosts international roundtable on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

2 March 2018

Representatives from organisations including the UN, UK government, academia and environmental groups will look at interactions of the 17 SDGs.

Sussex and Balfour Beatty teams spring clean the woods

16 February 2018

Sussex staff joined a team from Balfour Beatty’s construction site on the East Slope to take part in a litter pick for Go Green week on Thursday.

Take part in Go Green Week

5 February 2018

Sign up for litter-picking, flower-planting, beach-cleaning, film-screening, tree-planting, solar-touring, allotment-tilling Go Green Week.

University’s solar panels pass 100,000 kWh milestone

31 January 2018

100,000 kWh is as much electricity as one person uses in 40 years, or enough energy to power 28 homes for a year.

Matt Arnold: Make a New Year’s resolution to Go Greener

5 January 2018

Sussex has begun an ambitious journey to become one of the UK's greenest universities - you can play your part, and it’s the little things that count.

Sussex sustainability champions plant 20 new trees for National Tree Week

5 December 2017

The volunteers planted an assortment of baby trees on a patch of grass near the foot-tunnel to Falmer station.

Sussex signs up to UK’s only cup recycling scheme

20 October 2017

From 20 October, you are invited to dispose of your hot beverage cups in the special ‘Simply Cups’ recycling bins.

UK’s biggest university solar project switched on at Sussex

13 October 2017

More than 3,000 solar panels were switched on at the University, as it aims to nearly halve its carbon emissions by 2020.

University to cut 23 tonnes of paper towel waste

12 October 2017

Nearly 8 million paper towels are used on campus each year. They are being replaced with energy-efficient hand dryers.

Sussex staff recognised for their green impact

5 October 2017

Green Impact Awards have been presented to eight Sussex teams for improvements made to their environmental performance.

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

29 September 2017

On Friday 13 October a student and a staff member will have the opportunity to switch on solar panels in two campus buildings.

SEF manager reaches finals of sustainability awards

24 July 2017

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

University of Sussex campus receives green award

20 July 2017

The Sussex campus has been given national recognition for the quality of its landscaped outdoor spaces.

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