The Sustainability and Environment team is responsible for driving the university's sustainability agenda, managing our environmental compliance obligations, and empowering the Herts community to make sustainable choices.
The Environmental Sustainability team is based in Estates and is made up of 2 engagement co-ordinators (Jess Money and Kenneth Yeung) and a Senior Adviser (Nanna Blomquist). We work with all things sustainability, from energy, waste, and carbon emissions to engagement, education, and events. We take a holistic and embedded approach, meaning that we invite all staff, students, and partners across the university to get involved and help us achieve our sustainability goals.
Our aims and objectives are based on our identified impact areas and delivered through 4 pathways as can be seen below.
Our commitments to environmental protection include pledging to be Net Zero by 2050 and to become a Nature Positive University. You can read more about our environmental sustainability approach on the UH website.
Below you can find examples of some of the things that we have done and offer.
News/What we have been up to:
- Fancy winning £500? Complete this SOS-UK survey about your accommodation here before the 19th February and it could be you! There are also 5 £50 runner up prizes. The survey is open to all students and only takes 10-15mins.
SOS-UK is a student-led education charity focusing on sustainability. This survey is part of their Homes Fit for Study project which aims to ensure improved accommodation for students.
- Check out our A-Z sustainable festivities promotion on our Instagram highlights to see how your holidays can be sustainable next year.
- Sustainable Craft: On Thursday 8th of December we made our own mini, reusable stockings with the Chaplain, ready to be filled with little treats. It was a great break away from our work.
- SU Christmas Market: On the 7th of December we ran a stall at the SU Christmas Market. We promoted tips on how to be sustainable over the festive period. We also held a sustainable festive pledge prize draw to win a polar bear backpack made from recycled plastic bottles, kindly donated by the sustainable business tommy&lottie. We also had our higher/lower carbon footprint game.
- Tree Planting: On the 6th of December, the Environment, Grounds and Estates Green Impact teams planted 70 Hazel whips in Hazel Grove on College Lane. Despite its name, it's been several decades since Hazel has been seen in Hazel Grove. We hope to see the whips producing hazelnuts in 5-7 years. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and to Ronnie Edmonds-Brown for her guidance.
- Litter pick: On the 2nd of December we organised a litter pick on campus. We were surprised how much litter we picked up between us!