Sustainability Strategy

We published a new and ambitious Sustainability Strategy in June 2021, which focuses on a wide range of environmental, economic, and social aspects of sustainability across our University. Find out more below.


Sustainable Sussex - to become one of the most sustainable universities in the world.


Our vision is clear. Our strategic goal is for the University of Sussex to be one of the most sustainable universities in the world. We will show global leadership in demonstrating and promoting all forms of environmental, social and economic sustainability at a local, regional, national and international level.


This strategy contains four high-level objectives that we will realise through sixteen key aims and a detailed action plan:

  • Ethical Educators – we will embed sustainability into all aspects of student learning and experience
  • Decarbonising the Economy – we will reach net zero by 2035 through our action plan for achieving this
  • Civic Leaders and Partners – we will positively impact the community through a sustainable supply chain, social responsibility and low transport emissions
  • Environmental Champions – we will promote biodiversity and sustainable food, waste and water consumption and recycling.

Key aims

Each of our high-level objectives will be realised through the achievement of 16 key aims clustered together into the following themes. Click the boxes below to find out more.

Download as a PDF

Download our Sustainability Strategy as a full PDF document or an executive summary using the links below.*

Download the executive summary
[PDF, 1.3MB]

Download the full strategy
[PDF, 2.6MB]

*While we have kept the website up to date, the strategy and the action plan pdfs date from 2021.