Our aims

  • To make sure the campus buildings, facilities and estate are environmentally sustainable.
  • To improve the existing infrastructure if and where required and ensuring all new builds are BREEAM standard ‘very good’.
  • To enhance biodiversity where possible.


Our results

  • We achieved Gold EcoCampus award in 2019.
  • An Environment Management System (EMS). Alongside the EMS we have a sustainability Plan that ensures continual improvement.
  • A Biodiversity Action Plan.
  • We acknowledged and awarded student sustainability/ethical projects.
  • All new staff attend an environmental sustainability induction

Sustainability plan

The Sustainability Plan is owned and monitored by the Environment Committee. It demonstrates our targets and achievements over six aspects:

  • Minimising emissions and utility usage
  • Sustainable Resource Management.
  • Reducing emissions associated with travel
  • Managing the estate efficiently
  • Developing staff and student awareness and engagement
  • Promoting biodiversity and Fairtrade.

Environmental Management System 

EcoCampus is a flexible phased approach to introducing an EMS. We achieved Bronze certification in October 2017, Silver in October 2018 and Gold in April 2019.

What does an EMS do?

  • Drives continual improvement.
  • Lowers costs associated with utility consumption.
  • Addresses sustainability issues and climate change.
  • Helps to achieve sector targets.

Sustainability Awards

We’re committed to supporting students through the recognition and promotion of sustainably/ethical-focused design and thinking through diverse and impactful eco-friendly initiatives. Sustainable design awards create awareness for issues relating to sustainability, environment and 3R (reduce, recycle and reuse).

In 2018, for the first time, our Environment Committee introduced Sustainable Design awards to recognise work which took a particularly interesting or innovative approach to matters of sustainability as part of final year projects. Courses were invited to nominate possible candidates, and the judging panel also took account of other interesting work which it noted when reviewing the shows. The panel identified an overall winner, as well as projects which were highly commended.

This will now become a regular feature of the Committee’s work.

AUB Human

AUB Human is a space where we celebrate social, ethical and sustainable creative practice. It connects designers, architects, filmmakers and other creative practitioners who share a desire to bring about positive change for global good

Our students and staff use their skills to engage and address some of the most pressing issues that are facing the human race today. Explore AUB Human to find out some of the ways in which our community is working together to make the world a better place.

Sustainable campus

Aligned with our sustainability plan, any development projects are designed to BREEAM standard ‘very good’ as a minimum requirement. Opportunities are also sought to lessen the environmental and ecological impact of developments. For example, a substantial reptile relocation programme was undertaken as part of our current campus development project as well as the planting of more than 100 new trees and the development of local pedestrian and cycle routes. The current halls of residence development includes photovoltaics covering all roofs that contribute to the powering of an efficient electrical heating system.

We’re undergoing a campus masterplan exercise that has sustainability at it’s core – through the repurposing of existing buildings and their materials and the use of sustainable materials for any new builds.


We hope to enhance our features to benefit the community and biodiversity to ensure the space and facilities are appropriate of a leading specialist creative institution.

Although we have limited green space, we’re committed to maximizing our potential, increasing biodiversity and reaping the health and well-being benefits too. We’ve got a green roof on the Artsbar, a green wall next to the refectory, solitary bee tubes on the Campus Services building and bird boxes on the grounds.

Along with the above aspects, we have a Biodiversity action plan in place.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

We recognise our impact on the environment and society and want to make a difference. We want to contribute to achieving the SDGs locally, nationally and globally.

SDGs were developed and agreed by world leaders in 2015 and are split over 17 goals. These cover everything from ending poverty and hunger to achieving gender equality and inclusivity in education to urgent action in combating climate change.

To find out more about the SDGs read more on the United Nations’ website.