Green Chester, and green futures

Our award-winning Green Chester is run by the Sustainability Unit at the University of Chester, and aims to ensure that the University of Chester leads by example, putting sustainability at the heart of decision making and service delivery.

The University of Chester is proud to have Fairtrade University status, and our goal is to embed sustainability throughout our campuses, communities, cultures and curriculum.

What we’re currently doing

Our Sustainability Unit works to reduce our energy and carbon footprint by swapping old lighting for hundreds of low energy, LED lights, putting solar panels on a variety of buildings across sites, and powering our site with clean and green energy. We collect our food waste separately and send it all to Anaerobic Digestion to create renewable energy and reduce general waste. You’ll find sustainable travel guides for each of our campuses making sure you have the right information to make the greenest choices. All this and more has led to the University being ranked 33rd out of 151 UK universities in the People and Planet University League 2015.

Responsible Futures

The National Union of Students (NUS) selected Chester Students’ Union and the University of Chester to be one of 13 Higher Education institutions to take part in the Responsible Futures pilot programme. We achieved the Responsible Futures Accreditation in May 2015 as part of our commitment to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which is a key objective of the University, and working with Chester Students’ Union we are working on integrating sustainability into the curriculum.

How you can get involved

All staff and students are encouraged to collaborate on award-winning sustainability events, like the Fix it Fair to share our repair and re-use expertise, or join in with our green initiatives. Students can also join the People and Planet Society to make their mark during Go Green Week, or get their hands dirty on the on-campus allotment.

We aim to inspire a greener generation, and provide students with the sustainability skills employers want. If you’re interested in finding out more about Green Chester, the work they do and how you can get involved, visit our website, Facebook page or Twitter for more information.