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Sustainable Development

The University is deeply committed to implementing environmental sustainability to benefit the local economy and community as well as future generations. Sustainability has a significant role within the day to day operations across all our campuses and we endeavour to include sustainable development in all of our practices.

Safety, health and environment policies and performance

The University Safety, Health and Environment policy outlines our commitment to environmental protection and enhancement. The policy is implemented through our ISO14001 certified Environmental Management System.

This enables us to fulfil the environmental sustainability goals of the Strategy 2015-2020 designed to achieve a ‘transformational change of the Preston campus to provide an enhanced learning environment for the highest quality teaching, learning, research and knowledge exchange underpinned by a commitment to environmental sustainability’.

Senior management understand that the success of the policy is everyone’s responsibility. All colleagues are therefore required to complete the mandatory ‘Safety, Health and Environment Induction’ training course. In addition, all managers are required to undertake ‘Environmental Management for Managers’ which is delivered as part of IOSH Managing Safely to ensure that they understand their responsibilities and help create a safe, healthy and environmentally responsible campus.

To find out more about our commitment to the environment and sustainable development please read the University’s Annual Report on Environmental Sustainability Performance, which gives a summary of sustainability activities undertaken and progress against targets.

University travel plan

Our Travel Plan, updated annually contains measures and targets to reduce solo car usage and encourage more sustainable travel choices in order to contribute to the overall reduction of carbon emissions generated by travel to the University. Through the implementation of our plan, we are working hard to help make our University campuses a healthier and sustainable place in which to work, study or visit. 

The main objectives of the plan are:

  • To reduce the environmental impact of the University's travel demands.
  • To reduce the number of single occupancy cars arriving at the University.
  • To improve the choice of transport options available.
  • To ensure maximum utilisation of the University resources.

The anticipated benefits of the travel plan are numerous and include:

  • By promoting and improving sustainable methods of transport such as public transport, walking, cycling and car sharing we can reduce its carbon footprint.
  • Through a reduction in the amount of carbon produced, which contributes to climate change, we are benefiting the global environment.
  • The local environment also benefits from improved air quality through reduced pollution levels and noise reduction.
  • Reduced congestion around campus and ease of access and car parking means that commuters, visitors, deliveries and local residents can all benefit from shifts in travel modes.
  • By changing from an often stressful and expensive solo car journey to more sustainable modes, commuters can take advantage of individual costs savings and health benefits.

Carbon management plan

In 2017 we produced our first Carbon Management Plan, which was upgraded in 2010 to cover 2010 to 2015. The latest plan covers our strategy to reduce our carbon emissions for 2015-2020.

Sustainable buildings and initiatives

We’re dedicated to reducing our carbon emissions and we’re always looking for new and innovative ways that really make an impact. If you have an idea, however big or small, please contact us via and let us know.

We also would like to hear about any issues or energy matters which could be improved. You can report any arising issues in University buildings by emailing the team at