2017 saw the creation of our Sustainability team who are committed to improving the University’s environmental performance, bringing together existing work on carbon reduction, student and staff engagement, travel and transport and grounds.
The University is currently committing close to £1 million per year into Sustainability staffing, initiatives and projects, from annual operational budgets to long-term investments.
We have committed to reducing our carbon emissions by 43% by 2020, compared with a 2005 baseline. As of October 2018, we have so far achieved a 33% reduction.
The Grounds team maintains Wivenhoe Park, home to our Colchester Campus, along with our Loughton and Southend Campuses. The Grounds team aims to provide an attractive, clean and interesting setting with a sound, conservation-minded attitude to campus flora and fauna at the University. Maintenance is carried out to an agreed specification appropriate to the listed status of both the Colchester and Loughton Campuses.
The University's Sustainability team looks after environmental performance at the University of Essex. We cover carbon management, energy, waste, water, sustainable procurement, transport and biodiversity. Our key target is to reduce CO2 emissions by 43% on 2005 levels by 2020.