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Environmental Sustainability

With over 20,000 students and nearly 3,000 staff the University of Salford's operations have a significant impact on the environment locally, nationally and internationally. From the electricity consumed by lighting, the gas we use for heating, the way we travel and the paper we use to the waste that we generate and the food we eat.

An Environment and Sustainability Team has been established within Estates & Property Services to lead on development and implementation on a strategy to reduce the University environmental impact. However, all staff have an important role to play in ensuring this strategy is successful and are encouraged to use this toolkit to learn how.

In this toolkit you will find:

  • Environmental Sustainability awareness training suitable for all staff
  • University policies on environmental sustainability at Salford
  • Guidance on how to consider environmental sustainability in University life
  • Quick tips on how to green up your workplace
  • Information on getting more involved
  • Wider reading and further information on environmental sustainability.


The Environmental Sustainability Induction eLearning is mandatory for all new staff and recommended for existing staff as a refresher course.

Target audience: All staff
Estimated time: 20 minutes

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Scheduled Events

There are currently no events scheduled for this toolkit, however, if you would like to express interest in this session, please email HRD and we can notify you when the next event is taking place.


Carbon Management Plan: explains how the University is implementing a Carbon Management Plan to reduce CO2 emissions.  If you have idea's how to make a difference in relation to Carbon Management, please go to the website to make suggestions.

Environmental Sustainability Policy: explains how the University of Salford recognises the impact is has on a local, regional and global environment and the steps it aims to take to minimise that impact.

Fairtrade Policy: explains how the University aims to support the Fairtrade Foundation through various campaigns.

Sustainable Food Policy: this link takes you directly to the Sustainable and Ethical Food Policy, explaining why it is important to the University.

Quick Tips

Short of time? Need something to get you started? These tips will give you a quick overview of the topic.

Being Green in the Workplace Quick Tips [pdf] - offers a quick guide advising that small changes we make in the workplace really can have an immense impact on the world around us.

If you have found this topic particularly interesting and want to find out more, these external resources are a good place to start.

EcoCampus @ University of Salford: this link takes you to a webpage that explains what EcoCampus means to the University.

Environment and Sustainability Team website: this link takes you to the Environment and Sustainability Team website.

Fairtrade @ University of Salford: this link takes you to the webpage giving you information on our support for  Fairtrade.

Greening Us Blog: the site contain information about sustainability, local and global issues and updates on the initiatives and challenges of the Environment and Sustainability Team in University of Salford Estates & Property Services department.

Sustainable Travel @ University of Salford Blog: this link takes you to the Sustainable Travel at the University ofSalford blog (ST@UoS).

University of Salford Green Representatives: this links explains the role of Green Representatives and the difference they can make.

Please note - the University of Salford is not responsible for external content.

 Induction Toolkit

Additional Support

Action for Sustainable Living (AFSL) – a not-for-profit charity giving guidance in how to live sustainably.

Carbon Trust - for information on the Carbon Trust's mission, and how they help organisations move to a low carbon economy.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (defra) - the government department responsible for the environment, food and farming, and rural affairs.

Energy Saving Trust - a not-for-profit organisation giving advice about transport, renewable energy and energy efficiency in the home, and at work.

Environmental Agency - the UK government agency for protecting and improving the environment and promoting sustainable development, they are the point of contact for environment problems.

The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) - the sustainability champion for universities and colleges in the UK.

The Fairtrade Foundation – an organisation which helps farmers in the third world to get a good price for their products and help to support health, education and wellbeing schemes within the farmers communities.

The Green Collective  is a student run organisation dedicated to environmental issues on campus and the local community that can be found on Facebook.

Good Campus - provides guidance on sustainability with expertise in energy and resource efficiency at universities.

Manchester is My Planet - a partnership of people and organisations across Greater Manchester working to help create a low carbon city.

People and Planet  is a student-led organisation on world poverty and the environment.

Salford City Council  provides information on climate change and recycling within the Salford area.

The Sustainable Procurement Centre of Excellence (SPCE) offers guidance to Universities on how to embed sustainable procurement into University life.

Transport Direct  gives information on all forms of transport in the UK.

The Travel Line  gives information about public transport around the UK.

Waste and Resoures Action Programme (WRAP) provides information for individuals, businesses and local authorities to reduce waste, recycle more and make better use of resources.

Waterwise is the leading authority on water efficiency in the UK.

For additional support regarding Environmental Sustainabiliy, please contact Bec Bennett from the Environment and Sustainability Team in Estates:
Ext: 54071

Related University Values

This toolkit relates to the following University values:

  • Value 1 - The highest academic, professional and ethical standards
  • Value 4 - Working together for the advancement of the University
  • Value 7 - Pride in our heritage and the distinctive difference we make to the world

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