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Protecting the environment

Sustainability

Our values

Sustainability is at the heart of life at BU and is embedded in our BU2018 strategy and our Sustainability Policy.

Our students have opportunities to develop their sustainability knowledge and skills through the curriculum and volunteering, enhancing both the quality of life in the local community and their employability.

Find out more about sustainability governance and operations.

Learn more about our projects

Student Switch Off

Student Switch Off

We encourage our students to take part in the NUS Student Switch Off energy saving competition – see how you can get involved.

Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight

We're proud of our Fairtrade status and encourage our staff and students to support Fairtrade products. Learn more about our activities around Fairtrade Fortnight.

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Student voice

Our students campaigned for the university to divest from companies linked to fossil fuels, influencing our procurement and ethical investment policies. 

Conservation volunteering

Conservation volunteering

There are many conservation volunteering opportunities for students at BU coordinated by SUBU – see how you could make a difference.

Waste audit

Waste audit

We're proud to send zero waste to landfill, but are always looking to boost our recycling practices. Our student waste audit helped identify areas for improvement.

The Student Centre

Student Centre

Learn more about our new Student Centre, as well as other exciting campus developments that make BU an even greener place to study and work.

BU by bike

BU by bike

Bournemouth is a great place to cycle and we actively encourage you to travel around by bike. Find out more about our BU Bike Scheme. 

NUS Green Impact

NUS Green Impact

We participate in the NUS Green Impact initiative, which involves student volunteers auditing our green work practices. Learn more about how you can join in.

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developing our campus

Sustainability timeline

We're proud to have spent more than a decade working towards becoming ever-more environmentally friendly. See what steps we've taken over the years.