Who we are

Sustainability at the University of Birmingham is the responsibility of our entire staff community and is embedded across our Colleges and Professional Services.

The Sustainability Task Group (STG) oversees the development of policies and practices for sustainability and is complemented by College Environmental Committees who formulate their own College plans for reducing carbon impacts. Academics and Professional Services staff work together and alongside one another to make Birmingham greener.

To be truly sustainable, we hope all of Birmingham’s staff and students will want to participate in various initiatives. From Terry and his Green Machine to our senior leadership team, everyone has a part to play in making Birmingham sustainable.

The Vice-Chancellor's Challenge is focused this year on Sustainable Cities and Communities:

Sustainability Task Group

Current Membership of the STG
 Chair - Director of Estates Trevor Payne
 Academics Professor Chris McCabe and Professor Miles Tight
 Estates - Energy Ian Gregory
 Head of Procurement Jonathon Jones
 Gardens Dave O'Driscoll
 Guild of Students Mike Carolan / Brandon Hattiloney
 IT John Owen
 Environmental Services Peter Larkin / Matt Beveridge 
 Sustainable Travel Monica Guise 
 Procurement Sustainability Champion Jane Colbourne 
 Wellbeing Leslie Wright / Lucy Austin
Estates - Sustainability (Interim) Emma Fieldhouse

Terms of reference

  • The Sustainability Task Group (STG) brings together key individuals from across the university and Guild whose roles impact on the sustainability of the university campus. The group aims:

      • To formulate and annually review the university’s sustainability and carbon policies and plans;
      • To review and implement sustainability initiatives and practices to ensure consistency with policy;
      • To recommend changes to sustainability policy and practice wherever appropriate;
      • To consider and promote improvements to the university’s campus operations including (but not limited to) carbon reduction measures;
      • To set and monitor appropriate targets for campus sustainability performance.      

  • The Group reports to University Executive Board (UEB) at least once per year.

  • The Group will meet a minimum of once per academic term.