The university is committed to sustainability and to working towards the aims of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As part of this commitment the university has developed a sustainability strategy for the whole university in consultation with staff, students and other stakeholders. We have avoided a 'bolt-on' approach, instead focusing on integrating sustainability into the very fabric of the university.
We seek to not only comply with current sustainability guidelines, but to become a leader in the field through adopting best practice. We are building on our teaching, learning and research strengths, whilst making De Montfort University (DMU) a more sustainable organisation. Through this approach, we hope to minimise our environmental impact and create a healthy and inspiring place to work and learn.
Environmental management is an essential element of sustainability and sustainable development at De Montfort University and is a cornerstone of the university’s Strategic Plan.
The university is committed to minimising the environmental impact of its activities at the local, regional, national and global levels. The university has set out its commitments to the environment in its Environmental Policy and has already made considerable progress in addressing environmental issues through its travel planning, recycling and energy saving activities.
To develop groundbreaking and interdisciplinary research that advances knowledge on sustainability and establishes DMU as a leader in this sector.
To reduce our environmental impact and be an exemplar of best practice.
Health and wellbeing
To ensure DMU is a healthy, creative and inspiring ‘space’ to study and work.
To establish DMU as a beacon of best practice, a centre of research excellence for sustainability and an ambassador locally, regionally and beyond.
Sustainability governance is managed through the University Sustainability Committee (USC) which comprises of representatives from across the university community.
The USC provides strategic direction for the sustainability elements of the university’s Empowering University strategy and receives updates and progress reports on sustainability strategies and objectives. These updates are then reported to the University Leadership Board. The USC meets three times a year. Membership of the USC is listed below. Membership of the committee includes representatives from the students’ union, representatives from Trades Unions and representatives from faculty and directorates.
PVC Sustainability and Dean of Health & Life Sciences
Simon Oldroyd (Chair)
A/Dir SDG Impact. Theme Dir Net Zero
Mark Charlton (Deputy Chair)
Education for Sustainable Development Forum Chair
Senior Media Officer
Interim Assoc. Dean R&I
Senior Assistant Librarian/Unison Union Environment Officer
Senior Lecturer/University College Union representative
Student Union (Academic Executive)
Head of Procurement
Associate Dean (International)
Executive Personal Assistant to PVC
Student Union Head of Income Generation & Enterprise
Student Union (Union Development Executive)