Does the university support and highlights School, Faculty or Research team projects for Sustainable Development?
The university supports and highlights School, faculty or research team projects for Sustainable Development. There is a huge variety of projects and activities to get involved in at the University, where ideas and experiences can be shared. The University submits evidence to the THE Impact Rankings annually to capture our impact on society based on success in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals across four broad areas: research, stewardship, outreach and teaching.
There are three faculty sustainability committees which support environmental performance, within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences and the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.
The Sustainability Fund recently awarded 10 projects funding of between £10,000 and £100,000, with successful applicants being based right across the University, from the Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Science to Corporate Services in Humanities and Social Sciences and Liverpool University Press. In order to secure funding, applicants had to demonstrate that their project met one, or more, of the following criteria. Projects had to:
- Support the ambitions of the University’s Sustainability Strategy, such as meeting net zero carbon by 2035, reducing waste by 50% by 2025, or providing sustainable learning or extra-curricular activities for students
- Support the reduction of the University’s Scope 3 emissions, linked to, for example business travel, staff commuting, the purchase of goods and services, and investments
- Be aligned to one or more of the UN SDGs
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