Just some of the ways that staff can get involved with sustainability and make a difference at Lancaster University.
If you’ve a passion for creating a better environment, we need your help. As an Environmental Champion you get to inform the debate. You contribute to what we do next. You influence those around you to care as much as you do. In return, we promise to take your comments seriously, and investigate your suggestions.Become a champion
We encourage all members of staff to read and engage with our sustainable procurement policy. Reduce Consumption by buying less. Re-use or borrow an item from another department. Where there is no alternative to buying new, consider the Environmental, Social/Ethical impacts of your purchase by assessing the sustainability impact.Sustainable Procurement
Cycle to work
The number of people who commute to campus by bicycle is increasing year-on-year and it's easy to see why. With picturesque views along the cycle paths, free cycle parking and many more benefits. Staff can find out more about the range of travel flexible benefits on offer too.Cycling
Sustainable business travel
The new travel decision tree and travel guidance aims to support the carbon reduction target with regards to air travel at Lancaster University, specifically for academics and staff travelling on business on behalf of the University. A carbon data dashboard will be available to departments giving access to real time information based on past trips within their areas.Travel guidance
Spending time together as a team can be extremely valuable for staff wellbeing and teamwork. It can be a great opportunity to make new connections, inspire ideas or relax away from the office.
In March 2022, a team of staff members from the Maths department spent an afternoon helping to plant trees as part of the ECOWoods project at Forrest Hills. As part of Green Lancaster, volunteer staff and students have planted more than 4000 trees over the last 3 years to help build sustainable habitats and promote wildlife.
There are many sustainable activities and events held across the university for staff to attend. Green Lancaster’s ECOWild Field Trips run regularly throughout the year giving staff and students the opportunity to volunteer for projects that address the climate emergency. In early 2022, Green Lancaster ran a trip to Morecambe Bay for staff and students where they enjoyed a day of walking, rock pooling and wildlife watching. Additionally, ECOWild Walks on campus provide staff and students with the chance to identify, observe and record plant and animal sightings.
Take a tour
Explore our many sustainable projects across the university. Take a tour of the ECOHub where you will find a 4000m2 nature-based garden, allotment and bees.
Every year, there are multiple visits to the wind turbine to see how some of our renewable energy is generated on campus. The Green Lancaster team will also be happy to arrange to show you Forrest Hills, where our ECOWoods project is helping to shape the landscape and plant thousands of new trees to increase biodiversity.
Sustainability Knowledge Exchange
In November 2022 and March 2023, we held our first two Sustainability Knowledge Exchange meetings on campus, where staff from across the University gathered to discuss various issues related to sustainability and share best-practice ways of working. Topics at the first meetings included: academic travel by train, sustainable marketing ideas, sustainable food choices on campus and LEAF sustainable labs.
Take a look at ways you can get involved with our dedicated events calendar below.