Sustainable living

Birmingham is one of 20 universities taking part in Degrees Cooler, a pro-environmental programme that promotes sustainable living to staff and students. We also operate our own GREG initiative which also encourages sustainable student living.

Degrees cooler

There are two separate Degrees Cooler projects you can get involved in which both work towards the same aim of making the University a greener campus by saving energy, recycling more and eating local, sustainable food:

  • Green Impact: an environmental accreditation scheme with a competitive streak that gets staff and students to work together to make their departments greener
  • Going Greener: a student-led campaigning initiative to create a low-carbon, sustainable University through practical, creative projects and events


GREG stands for Green. Reduce. Environment. Genius. Unique to the University of Birmingham, it encourages sustainable student living. Residents benefit from products and activities which help to keep our accommodation a greener place and enhance the student experience.

We can advise you on recycling in University accommodation, the best sustainable actions to take, how to save energy, how to love food and hate waste, what green events and initiatives are happening and how you can get involved in volunteering, charity work, creative thinking and events planning.