Sustainable campuses

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Here at ARU we want our campuses to showcase the sustainability principles embedded in our teaching and research.

We want the way we develop and maintain our buildings and grounds, how our campuses are accessed, and the way we deliver our catering and residential services to demonstrate how to live, learn and work sustainably.

Sustainability induction for ARU staff and students

ARU staff and students are invited to take our short Sustainability at ARU online course.

Learn what we mean by the term ‘sustainability’, how it relates to us at ARU, what our sustainability goals and achievements are, and the support and guidance available to you to become more sustainable.

You will need to enter a valid ARU username to access the video, and you can earn 500 ARUgreen points by submitting the code given after completing the quiz.

ISO 14001

We have been certified to the international environmental management standard ISO 14001 since 2009 to ensure we comply with environmental laws and continually improve our sustainability performance.

We use our ISO 14001 management system to deliver our sustainability policy and strategy and gain independent verification of how well we do this.

ARU staff and students can view our ISO 14001 documentation on the Heron.

Contact us

Please report any environmental incidents you see, such as spills, fly-tipped waste, dripping taps or flickering lights, to our Estates & Facilities Helpdesk.

You can contact us about any other sustainability issues related to our campuses or operations at [email protected]

What we're doing to make our campuses more sustainable

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Get involved

Find out more about our ARUgreen programme, student clubs and societies, the Green Fund, volunteering and more.

Environmental activities for ARU students and staff
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Find out how we support staff and students to work remotely and make greener travel choices.

Sustainable travel for ARU students and staff
Photo of a hedgehog out in nature - Emma Stokes' winning entry into the 2016 ARU Biodiversity Photography Competition


Find out how we protect and enhance wildlife on our campuses, as well as through our research.

Promoting biodiversity on ARU's campuses
Line of three recycling bins on one of ARU's campuses

Circular economy

Find out how we reduce waste and purchase goods, services and foods sustainably and responsibly.

Supporting a circular economy at ARU
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Energy, carbon and water

Find out how we tackle the causes and consequences of climate change, including our zero carbon plans.

Saving energy, carbon and water at ARU

Biodiversity image credit: Emma Stokes, winner of the ARU Biodiversity Photography Competition 2016