Sustainability is part of everything we do: our research, our curricula, our buildings and the student experience.

The University has a long history of sustainability action, winning numerous awards for its work. Bristol was the first UK city with European Green Capital status in 2015 and our community played a large role in helping the city deliver this. Sustainability remains one of the central strands shaping the University's vision of the future.

Moving forward, we will continue to embed sustainability in our teaching, build multidisciplinary communities of expert researchers and manage our spaces responsibly for all to enjoy. Working and researching together, we can build a greener, more sustainable future.

The University has a number of teams working on sustainability activities, including the Cabot Institute, Bristol Futures, Procurement, Bristol SU, Bristol Student Hub, External Estates, Public Engagement, Library Services and the Sustainability team based in the Campus Division. Here is a leaflet on what the Sustainability team do What we do leaflet (PDF, 132kB)


We have made four key pledges in order to ensure our continuing commitment to sustainability.


Our recent achievements demonstrate how we are making our sustainability pledges a reality.

What we're doing

Find out what we're doing and how the Sustainability team manages our environmental responsibilities.

Get involved

Students and staff can get involved with our sustainability initiatives and reduce their environmental impact.


Find out more about the steps we're taking in respect to the climate emergency

Cabot Institute for the Environment

Developing multidisciplinary research programmes to tackle the challenges of uncertain environmental change.

Sustainability in our courses and programmes

Our commitment to a greener future is reflected in our Education for Sustainable Development project and our new education strategy, Bristol Futures

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Working in partnership

We are a founding strategic partner of Bristol Green Capital Partnership and of Bristol Health Partners, city-wide membership organisations with sustainability at the heart of their work.

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