Waste and recycling
Our aim at the University of Brighton is to promote a culture of ‘rethink, reduce, reuse and recycle’, in order to significantly reduce waste and increase recycling across all areas of the university estate.
This means reducing packaging; cutting down paper use; reducing and recycling food waste; facilitating staff to share surplus resources internally and with local organisations; running a recycling competition and reuse project in our halls of residence, and investing heavily in recycling facilities across our campuses.
Watch this video to find out why the university was Highly Commended in the Green Gown Awards Food and Drink category for our work around food waste – for sending our restaurant waste to be anaerobically digested, and working to reduce the amount of food waste produced in the first place.
The university aims to facilitate staff, students and visitors to travel as sustainably as possible to and from campus, to help cut carbon emissions and pollution, and improve health and wellbeing. We particularly encourage to use of active travel such as walking and cycling, as well as public transport, car-sharing, e-vehicles, and avoiding the need to travel by using online meetings or conference calls.
Our initiatives include:
- staff and student sustainable travel discounts
- Cyclescheme, providing tax-free salary-sacrifice bike purchases for staff
- Salary sacrifice travel season ticket loans for staff
- a car-sharing platform
- ‘Travel Smart’ leaflets for staff and students, to encourage sustainable travel
- competitions and challenges run as part of our award winning sustainability engagement campaign ‘c-change’.
The university’s Travel Plan includes a university-wide Travel Plan strategy and an individual travel plan for each campus, which can be found on our Governance and Policies page.
We strive to preserve and protect natural habitats and biodiversity on our campuses, creating new opportunities for wildlife on campus wherever possible.
In addition to nurturing local habitats, our biodiversity work helps create a better environment for the university community, promoting staff and student wellbeing and increasing enjoyment of our campuses.
A biodiversity audit of the university’s campuses led to the creation of a comprehensive Biodiversity Action Plan (pdf) and a Watts Bank Management Plan (pdf) to manage the biodiversity hotspot on our Moulsecoomb campus.
Campus biodiversity initiatives include:
- improved management of biodiversity hotspots at Moulsecoomb and Falmer
- better management of habitat corridors
- a reduction in the amount of chemicals used on our campuses
- the installation of green roofs
- educational biodiversity walks led by university academics.
The university is committed to ensuring the sustainability of our campus food and drink outlets. We use locally-grown fruit and vegetables, use sustainable fish and high welfare meat, offer a range of vegetarian and vegan options, and actively encourage healthy eating.
Our sustainable food commitments are outlined in full within our Sustainable Food Policy (pdf), and on the university’s Eat Brighton webpages.
In June 2018 the university together with the Brighton Students' Union, participated in the Fairtrade Foundation and NUS accreditation scheme, and became a Fairtrade University. This award recognises our commitment to providing Fairtrade products across the university and Students' Union outlets.
The university also provides spaces for staff and students to grow their own local sustainable produce, in campus allotments at our Falmer, City and Eastbourne sites.
In recognition of our efforts in this area, the university was the winner of the 2016 Cateys Sustainable Business Award. In 2014, we also won a 'Highly Commended' Green Gown award for our work to embed our Sustainable Food Policy into fruit and vegetable supplier contracts. Watch our Green Gown award video to find out more.
The university is working towards implementing an EcoCampus Environmental Management System, which ensures that we are managing our environmental impact in a comprehensive, systematic, planned and documented manner.
The university was successfully reaccredited with EcoCampus Silver in January 2017, and is now working towards the Gold Award.