Last week, the University of Sheffield launched its new five-year sustainability strategy with an online event for staff students and alumni.

The event was chaired by Dr Rachael Rothman, Academic Lead for Sustainability at the University of Sheffield, and included opening remarks from Vice-Chancellor Professor Koen Lamberts. There were also contributions from Tracy Wray and Jordan Weir representing professional services staff and students respectively.

The event covered a range of topics from the the centrality of sustainability in the new University Vision to our plans to become a carbon neutral campus in ten years.

The sustainability strategy sets out a number of pledges including:

  • A net-zero campus by 2030 and net-zero across all activities by 2038
  • Using our research expertise to tackle twenty-first century sustainability challenges
  • Embedding Education for Sustainable Development into all taught courses in five years
  • 100% renewable procured electricity on campus
  • Tough action on high-carbon travel

Audience members also had the opportunity to question sustainability leads on the content of the strategy. Questions ranged from the topics of the University’s switch to renewable energy to the sustainability of labs and the embedding of sustainability throughout departments.