Sustainability Funding Awarded

Earlier this year, the University welcomed applications to the Sustainability Fund 2022 to support strategic projects to meet the aims of the Sustainability Strategy, through on campus activity or collaborative partnerships. Applications closed on 20th April and 10 projects have been awarded funding.

What is the Sustainability Fund?

The University is aiming to become net zero on carbon by 2035, halve its waste consumption by 2025, and provide every student with the opportunity to undertake sustainable learning, an extra-curricular activity or a undertake a sustainability related module. Achieving these aims and furthering our commitment to the UN Sustainable Development goals (UN SDGs) requires the imagination, commitment, and action, of staff right across the University.

The 2022 Sustainability Fund  opened for applications earlier this year, to support strategic projects which meet the aims of the Sustainability Strategy, or the UN SDGs.

Awards were available for projects between £10,000-£100,000 that were focussed on making an impact towards the University’s sustainability challenges or one or more of the UN Sustainable Development goals. Projects needed to meet one, or more, of the following criteria:

Outcome of the Sustainability Fund

The panel was impressed by the quantity and quality of applications received. Unfortunately, not all applications could be supported on this occasion, but 10 were chosen to receive full or partial funding:

  • 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Game: Training for certified facilitators: Dr Valeria Andreoni, Senior Lecturer in Economics
  • Addressing the Environmental Cost of Student Doctors Commuting to Clinical Placement: Dr Iain Young, Head of Risk Management and Operational Procedure, Deputy Director of Studies
  • Net carbon zero for all work-related travel, with added benefits: Dr Kris D'Aout, Senior Lecturer in Musculoskeletal & Ageing Science
  • Sowing the Seeds of Sustainability: Upscaling and invigorating food growing at the University of Liverpool for diet, wellbeing, and environmental benefits: Dr Charlotte Hardman, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychological Sciences
  • Synergy – Laboratory plastic waste shredder: Jo Middleton, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
  • HSS Proof of Concept Project – Can hybrid academic events really be as good as ‘real life’ events? Dr Judi Turner, Faculty Corporate Services Manager, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Enhancing and implementing sustainable teaching practice within the Central Teaching Laboratory: Lynne Chapman, Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Students in the Online Programmes Investigating Sustainability (SOPIS): Dr Peter Kahn, Director, Centre for Higher Education Studies, School of Histories, Languages and Cultures
  • Reduce and Reuse period support: Clare Kenny, Department of Veterinary Anatomy Physiology and Pathology, School of Veterinary Science
  • Making University Press sustainable: Anthony Cond, Chief Executive, Liverpool university Press

Successful applicants will join a community of practice to share updates and best practice learned from undertaking their projects. These will be reported to the Sustainability Board on a quarterly basis and findings will be used to further develop our sustainability action plans.

For further information about the Sustainability Fund or any other aspects of the sustainability strategy, please email  sustainability@liverpool.ac.uk.

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