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The Sustainability team here at the Ƶ work to bring staff and students across the University and federation together to tackle issues surrounding climate change and the environment.

The University manages a wide range of services, including student accommodation and Senate House Library. It is of great importance to us that we continue to improve the environmental performance of our estate and operations while increasing positive action toward a sustainable future among our staff, students and visitors.

The Ƶ Sustainability team is responsible for improving the sustainable performance of the University and to lead on the delivery of the University’s strategic aim to ‘build on cutting edge sustainability practices, working towards our zero operational carbon target.

Through the management of four key sustainable delivery areas: Carbon Emissions; Resources; Nature; and Knowledge/Engagement the team works collaboratively across all levels of the University to promote good awareness of UoL’s sustainability goals and ensure statutory requirements and best practice are incorporated into projects, activities and management decision making.

The Sustainability team

Natalie Isaac (Head of Sustainability)

Natalie leads the University’s drive to improve its sustainability performance across all its activities. Along with being responsible for the delivery of our net zero operational target, Natalie enjoys managing a committed and passionate team who work collaboratively across the University and with external stakeholders to ensure statutory requirements and best practice are incorporated into projects, activities and management decision-making.

Maddie Reason (Sustainability Projects Officer)

In her role, Maddie is responsible for developing projects to help the Sustainability Team reach their strategic targets. Maddie has key understanding of these targets as her role includes maintenance of the University’s ISO14001 accredited Environmental Management System and working closely with the Head of Sustainability to shape the University's sustainability policies and strategy. 

The projects she develops tackle key areas, for example plans to increase the University's recycling rate, and to implement nature-based solutions across the estate to increase sense of place and increase biodiversity. The role requires close collaboration with key internal and external stakeholders to ensure successful implementation.

Kate Veck (Sustainability Communications and Engagement Officer)

In this role, Kate primarily coordinates multi-channel and stakeholder sustainability communications for the University, manages staff and student sustainability engagement programmes, and works collaboratively with the Sustainability Projects Officer on sustainability-themed events/projects.

Annual Sustainability Report

To celebrate the environmental achievements from right across the University, the Sustainability Team put together our annual sustainability report. The reports also make a great record of the University’s progress on achieving our environmental goals and targets to date.

Take a look back through the University’s historic Sustainability Reports to see the progress we have made:

Zero Carbon Estates Handbook

This document aims to tool up the UK & Ireland’s higher education professionals, to consider how to influence their universities on the drive toward zero carbon. It focuses on considerations for driving down universities’ carbon emissions through the built environment.