How are we doing?

People and Planet have announced which sustainable green areas they would like universities to excel within. Below you can find a snapshot of each area and links to find out more about how the university is performing.

Carbon Management

Please click here to find the University of Lincoln’s Carbon Management plan. Further information can be found on our HESA EMR return.

Scope 3 emissions of carbon dioxide from the University’s activities are measured annually and are reported as part of HESA EMR returns and will be included in our EMS annual reports.

The Carbon Management Plan details further information on energy monitoring.

Education for Sustainability Development

The University is developing a new programme for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), this is included within the Environmental Sustainability Strategy

As part of ISO50001 standard on Energy Management we have implemented a bespoke sustainability training system for all staff to complete. To take part in this training staff should email to register their interest.

Over the last two years staff and students have also been invited to take part in the more informal learning environment: Carbon Conversations

Environmental Audits & Environmental Management Systems

You can find details regarding our Environmental Management System strategy here.

In 2019 we achieved ISO14001 certification and EcoCampus Platinum Award for environmental management.

Image of the EcoCampus logo, a silver circle with the words EcoCampus Platinum in the centre


Ethical Investment

The University currently has no investments in fossil fuels or arms. Further details on ethical investment can be seen here.

» Ethical Investment Policy

The Ethical Investment Policy links closely with the University’s Code of Ethics, which also addresses environmental issues.

Human Resources

The Environmental Committee meets once a quarter to discuss environmental and energy issues within the university and, how they can be addressed and overcome.

Committee members:

Chairperson – Prof Libby John, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Head of College of Science and Engineering
Secretary – Tory Cliffe, Secretariat Officer
Rebecca Forster, Sustainability Manager
Elaine Ruff, Energy Manager
Dr Claire May, Senior Lecturer
Jane Kilby, Volunteering Manager
Grant Anderson, Head of Space Strategy, Planning & Sustainability
Jena Arnold, Procurement Category Manager
Tracey Turton, Sustainability Projects Officer
Rosie Damarell, Engagement Officer
Bailey Marchant, Students’ Union VP Environment and Campaigns
Isobel Wright, Senior Lecturer in Agriculture (LIAT)
Student body representative(s)

We have five full-time dedicated members of staff who are committed to improving environmental sustainability within the university and reducing its energy consumption (details to the right). In addition to this we have three members of staff within Campus Services responsible for managing waste and transportation, as well as a role within each of the colleges that contains an element of environmental sustainability.  Each year the department is given a ‘Raising Awareness’ budget that can be spent on behaviour change initiatives, informative workshops and other items to support the department’s needs. 

Our staff engagement schemes can be found within the internal portal of the University of Lincoln. It includes opportunities to take part in sustainable events, apply to become eco-champions and download energy saving material to be shared amongst peers.

Managing Emissions & Discharges: LEV Audit

The University undertakes regular audits of its Local Extract Ventilation (LEV) systems in order to check what the systems are used for and the chemicals that are being extracted through the extract systems. This work is done as part of the compliance programme to meet the requirements of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (2002).

The LEV systems are audited annually by staff from the University of Lincoln. Additionally, an annual audit is conducted by an independent consultant.

Management of the systems includes the following documents:

» A register of LEV System Locations(opens in a new tab)
» An example page from the LEV audit(opens in a new tab)
» An example of an LEV Log book(opens in a new tab)

Staff and Student Engagement

The Environmental Sustainability Strategy includes Staff and Student Engagement

As part of the induction process each new staff member at the University receives an email which includes information on sustainability and they attend the ‘Lincoln Welcome’ which includes a presentation on the Estate and the ways they can help reduce the University’s carbon footprint.

Our social media and internal communication channels allow the Environmental Sustainability team to effectively engage with staff and students about projects, events and initiatives.

There are frequent opportunities for both staff and students to be involved in events. Highlights this year have been Dr Bike, Go Green week and Fairtrade Fortnight. Our Get Involved page has more information about activities staff and students can get involved in. And, our staff engagement schemes can be found within the internal portal of the University of Lincoln. It includes opportunities to take part in sustainable events, apply to become eco-champions and download energy saving material to be shared amongst peers.

Sustainable Food

At the University of Lincoln we’re striving to incorporate sustainable food within its structure. We have edible gardens throughout the campus including apple trees and the eventual veggie patch, free drinking water available throughout the campus and we actively encourage our catering department to be more sustainable in their food procurement.

You can learn about our different initiatives here: Sustainable Food Guide.

We also work closely with the following SU societies who have a vested interest in sustainable food:

  • Vegetarian & Vegan Society
  • E.C.O Society
  • Wildlife Conservation Society

Quad Catering ensure that there are daily vegetarian or vegan options on the menu.

Drinking water is available for free in all our catering outlets and drinking water fountains are available throughout the campus.

The University now has a vegetable garden on campus allowing staff and student to learn new skills and produce vegetables.

Waste Management

The University receives monthly updates on general waste and recycling volumes generated around the Campus. These are recorded and any discrepancies are investigated. Read more about the current waste strategies the university has.

The university is constantly changing and expanding, as part of this a waste management strategy, including hazardous and WEEE, has been put in place.  You can read a sample Waste Plan Survey from one of our previous construction sites here.

Workers Rights

We currently pay more than the Living Wage – but are not accredited. You can see sample grade scales on the University Current Vacancies page on the main website.

The University of Lincoln is proud to be a Fairtrade University

More information regarding our procurement strategy can be found on our Policies and Reporting pages.