Environmental sustainability at Birmingham

A video about environmental sustainability at the University of Birmingham.

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[Title] Environmental Sustainability at Birmingham

At Birmingham, we’re committed to providing students and staff with opportunities to be as sutainable as possible. Our university is helping to find solutions to global challenges such as climate change, but there’s plenty happening on campus too. Our Green Community offer is a unique offering for those keen to explore sustainable living methods within their home and on campus.

[Title] Travel

We encourage everyone to travel sustainably and offer cycle plans and car-sharing schemes. You’ll also find University electric and hydrogen fuel-cell cars on campus.

[Title] Reusable products

We sell reusable cups and bottles at most of our food and drink outlets on campus to cut down on single-use plastic waste, and all of our disposable cutlery is biodegradable. We also recycle used coffee grounds into sustainable biofuels. On the Vale Village, all takeaways are served in eco-to-go boxes.

[Title] Sustainable food

On campus, you’ll find a fruit and vegetable stand, so grab a canvas bag and buy some fresh produce, plastic free! We also hold regular farmers’ markets where you can try fresh local cuisine.

[Title] Carbon and energy

100% of our campus electricity is from renewable sources. We are also improving our buildings to make them more efficient.

[Title] Junkbusters

The University’s community project Junkbusters collects donations from on campus and the surrounding community, which are donated and resold by the British Heart Foundation. Our Guild of Students also has a range of groups and societies for those interested in the environment.

[Title] Recycling bins

There are plenty around campus! When you are done with your packaging or paper, recycle it.

[Title] Our green campus

Campus is full of nature, wildlife and open green spaces. You’ll find thousands of trees, a botanic garden and schemes to protect wildlife such as hedgehogs on campus. We even have our own forestry research centre looking at the impact of climate and environmental change on woodlands. We’re always looking for ways to be more eco-conscious, including conducting groundbreaking plastics research.

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