Sustainability at Keele
We are living through a climate emergency. At Keele we're leading the sector in sustainability, not just in our ambitions to become carbon neutral by 2030 but also through our teaching and our groundbreaking research into climate change and renewable technologies.
At Keele we're committed to sustainability, root and branch. Since 1990, we’ve trebled our student population and significantly expanded our campus - whilst simultaneously decreasing our total CO2 emissions. And over the last six years, we've invested over £1.2m into carbon reduction - and will be investing more every year.
We're proud to be one of the first UK universities to declare a ‘climate emergency’, as well as having ambitious targets to be carbon neutral by 2030. Our Climate Action Framework Principles, launched in 2021, outline our whole University approach to tackling the climate crisis.
We're truly sector-leading in environmental education, and have world-leading research in environmental sustainability. With Keele having all the elements of a small town, our campus acts as a ‘living laboratory’ for groundbreaking projects.
Our commitment has meant that for the fourth consecutive year we have been placed among the Top 40 universities in the world for sustainability (UI Green Metric World Rankings, 2020), in addition to being named Sustainability Institution of the Year (Green Gown Awards, 2021).
We’re turning our campus into Europe’s first living laboratory, where new energy-efficient technologies can be researched, developed and tested in a real world environment.
At Keele we're committed to making sustainability a key part of our student experience.
There are many opportunities for you to get actively involved in sustainability at Keele, whether you are a student, a member of staff, or a member of the local community.
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Sustainability is one of Keele's priorities. Not just through excellence in our research and education, but also embedding sustainability into everything that we do.
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Facts and Figures
Global top 25 for campus sustainability UI Green Metric ranking, 2020
No.1 in the UK for green setting and campus infrastructure UI Green Metric Rankings 2018
Top 5 most beautiful universities in the UK Times Higher Education, 2018
600+ acres Britain's biggest single-site campus