Earth Day is an annual event held on 22 April that aims to inspire appreciation for our environment and raise awareness of the need to protect Earth’s natural resources for future generations.
Although Earth Day plays a vital part in raising awareness for one day about the need for environmental protection, at ARU, every day is an Earth Day. We have a sustainability mission statement that is 'to give our students and staff the understanding and ability to make their lives and the life of the world sustainable'.
We've pledged to incorporate sustainability into every aspect of ARU’s conduct and administration and we are working towards 17 Sustainable Development Goals that were adopted by the United Nations in 2015. These goals range from ‘Good health and wellbeing’ to ‘Reduced inequalities’ and ‘Responsible consumption and production’.
Our work and research on topics such as homelessness, landscaping, energy-efficiency and food waste is evidence of our progress towards these goals and our ongoing commitment to sustainability.
Dr Zaheer Allam, a graduate of ARU and an urban strategist, writes about how we can all help to protect our planet's resources.
Former ARU student Katie Goldsborough now works as a woodland officer. She talks about the importance of environmental awareness and the role of nature in wellbeing.