Sustainability Policy

Commitment: Sustainability is a process of ensuring the wise use of resources within a framework in which economic, environmental and social factors are integrated and balanced. It is a corporate value and the University aims to meet its commitment to continually improve its sustainability through research, teaching, the services it provides and in the way it operates as an organisation.

Responsibility: The corporate responsibility for this policy is shared by the entire University population, at every level and across all Departments. The University Court, Principal and senior management team are committed to its success.

Policy statement: The University of Stirling operates as a place of research and learning, as a business and as a key member of the local and wider community. It has a role to play in shaping a sustainable future. The University is committed to integrating sustainable development into everyday practice by minimising environmental impact wherever possible, maximising economic performance and supporting beneficial social and community opportunities.

Aims: In satisfying this commitment the University aims to:

Environmental responsibility: -

  • Promote energy efficiency and responsible energy management and use.
  • Promote the responsible use of water.
  • Promote waste minimisation and reduce the environmental impact of waste to landfill through beneficial reuse and recycling activities.
  • Reduce atmospheric pollution by encouraging more sustainable travel alternatives to, from and between University sites and on University business.
  • Avoid the unnecessary use of hazardous materials and processes and take all reasonable steps to prevent damage to the environment where such materials are essential.
  • Take all steps to ensure the refurbishment and new build of University buildings and structures are implemented in a sustainable way.
  • Where possible, integrate the principles of biodiversity in the management of the Estate.
  • Support research and development activities aimed at the continual improvement of environmental performance.

Business, legal and economic responsibility –

  • Embed sustainability within the University’s core strategies and business processes.
  • Communicate and consult on sustainability performance through the relevant committees e.g. Safety, Health and Environment Committee.
  • Carry out monitoring to ensure that the University complies with all current environmental legislation, regulation and other requirements e.g. those set by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council.
  • Support the use of products and services from suppliers whose own sustainability policies are in accord with the University and promote an ethical approach to procurement.
  • Provide sufficient human and financial support to allow the implementation of the policy commitments.
  • Adopt a sustainable approach to the financial viability of the University by taking a long-term view of the financial and social costs and benefits of any development.

Social Responsibility: -


  • Provide information and training to staff and students on sustainable practice and related issues.
  • Foster behavioural change by encouraging participation and consultation by staff and students on sustainable initiatives.
  • Work in partnership with the local community and authority towards sustainable improvements in the local area.
  • Work in partnership with other Universities and Colleges to develop and integrate the principles of sustainability within the Higher and Further education sector. 


Policy implementation: Sustainable development issues will be discussed and consulted on at the University Safety, Health and Environment Committee which will lead to objectives and specific targets.  A process of monitoring, auditing and reporting of progress on these objectives will be considered by the SHE committee.

Professor Gerry McCormac


Implementation date: February 2007

Policy reviewed: Annually

Minor update December 2011

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