Environment and sustainability
Our key sustainability agreements
- Forth Valley for Net Zero campaign which commits Stirling to sharing best practice with our strategic partners and to help the region achieve net zero status by 2040.
- Sustainable Growth Agreement with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). This is the first of many such agreements to be facilitated by Scotland’s International Environment Centre (SIEC).
- Principles set out in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (1992)
- Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Accord
- Race to Zero for Universities and Colleges campaign.
City Region Deal
The Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal is a £214 million investment in the future of the region, unlocking potential to drive economic growth, productivity and prosperity.
The City Region Deal provides an investment package of more than £46 million in University-led research. A £17 million investment from the UK Government will build on the University’s internationally-renowned Institute of Aquaculture to develop a National Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Hub, reinforcing the UK’s position at the forefront of this expanding sector. As the world seeks out cleaner, greener ways of working, Scotland’s International Environment Centre, funded through £22 million from Scottish Government and £5 million from the UK Government, will create a global exemplar of sustainable and inclusive models of growth.
Forth Valley for Net Zero
The University is a key signatory to the ‘Forth Valley for Net Zero’ campaign which commits Stirling to sharing best practice with our strategic partners and to help the region achieve net zero status by 2040. We have also recently signed an innovative Sustainable Growth Agreement with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
Green + Blue Dream Team
The Students’ Union environmental team strive to make life here at the University of Stirling more environmentally friendly and build a stronger community as they do this. The Environmental team’s base, the Green + Blue space, is located in the Atrium.
Clubs and societies
There are a variety of student environmental groups run by students at the University.
Corporate Sustainability Steering Group
The Corporate Sustainability Steering Group (CSSG) meets 4 times a year and is chaired by our Senior Deputy Principal (Operational Strategy and External Affairs), who is responsible for the strategic direction of sustainability at the University of Stirling.
The purpose of CSSG is to provide leadership and oversight for sustainability. It supports the development of sustainability targets and goals and the embedding of environmental values into all parts of University activity and operations. Some of the key areas that CSSG considers include:
- carbon emissions and emissions targets
- sustainable procurement
- sustainable travel
- sustainability policy and related environmental policies
- embedding sustainability in learning, teaching and research
- student engagement and Green Champions
Senior Deputy Principal (Operational Strategy and External Affairs)
Head of Safety Environment Security and Continuity
Head of Procurement
Director of Estates and Campus Services
Head of Policy and Planning
Sustainability Development Co-ordinator (Students' Union)
Sustainability Officer (Students’ Union)
Students’ Union President
Students’ Union Vice President (Communities)
Internal Communications Officer
Lecturer, Faculty of Natural Sciences (Learning, Teaching and Research Rep)
Professor, Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Trade Union Rep)
Planning Support Officer
The Green Champions Group, essentially a working group, is represented by academics from across different faculties, key directorate staff and the Students Union. The role of the group is to take forward the University’s sustainability objectives through actions and initiatives across the whole of the organisation.
It will also form a link between the University’s Corporate Sustainability Steering Group, staff, and students for the exchange of information, ideas and feedback.
Green Champions Group meeting: latest minutes
Embedding Sustainability in Learning, Teaching and Research working group
The Embedding Sustainability in Learning, Teaching and Research working group is co-chaired by academics and representatives from the Students’ Union and includes academics from across Faculty and student Faculty Officers.
The working group facilitates the sharing of ideas and best practice on embedding sustainability in learning and teaching including the use of UN SDG’s and Education for Sustainability.
New initiatives on embedding sustainability in research for staff and students, including reducing single use plastics and energy use, are overseen by this working group. Ideas from the working group are communicated to the Corporate Sustainability Steering Group, in events during the Festival of Learning and Teaching and online Faculty discussion forums.