Snow capped mountains, golden beaches, a National Park, pristine lakes rivers and coastal waters - there are not many Universities that can boast these assets on their doorstep! Whether you’re a student, a member of staff, or a visitor, you can’t fail to be impressed by what our surroundings have to offer.
We take immense pride in the quality of our environment at Bangor University, and we are committed to its protection and enhancement. That means thinking about the impacts of everything we do, and whether, from an environmental perspective, it can be done better. With an estate of over 100 buildings across 346 hectares, as well as a complement of approximately 10,000 students and 2,000 staff, we recognise the implications of our impact on the environment.
How we work
The Sustainability Strategy Group oversees the evolution and implementation of a Sustainability Agenda for Bangor University, which includes the environmental stream. The Group reports to the Executive Committee.
Environmental Management System
We have developed an Environmental Management System (EMS) to support our commitment to achieving continual environmental improvement. The EMS is certified to the prestigious ISO14001:2015 environmental standard, and further information can be viewed on our Environmental Management System Pages, which also includes our Environmental Targets.
A Campus Environmental Performance Team has been established to ensure as much engagement and inclusion as possible. Further information relating to our EMS can be accessed in these pages.
Get in Touch - Environmental Incidents
If you spot any pollution or other environmental incidents at the University please don’t hesitate to let us know straight away by completing the Environmental Incident Reporting Form.
Information and Events from around the University & FAQs
If you have any ideas or suggestions for even better environmental performance, please e-mail email@example.com. But check out our Sustainability FAQs first, in case we already have an update on a topic you are interested in.
We have listed many events and research items from around the University surrounding the topics of the environment and sustainability, check them out here.
Bangor University is among the top universities in the UK for environmental and ethical performance, as judged by the People & Planet University League. The League is an independent league table that ranks institutions annually on environmental and ethical performance.
In 2021, Bangor University once again achieved a First-Class award putting Bangor in the top 20% of all UK Universities. Bangor has increased its score by 83 points and came joint 28th out of 154 Universities and joint first in the staff and student engagement section.
The University has also been ranked 15th in the 2021 UI Green Metric World University Rankings, which assesses hundreds of higher education institutions worldwide for their environmental sustainability. The University also ranked third highest for UK universities and the highest amongst Welsh universities. The latest UI Green Metric World University Rankings, produced by the Universitas Indonesia, is the only university ranking in the world that measures each participating university’s commitment in developing an ‘environmentally friendly’ infrastructure. The Green Metric compared 956 universities in 80 countries on their efforts in six categories, including setting and infrastructure, energy and climate change, waste, water, transport and education.
Investing for Sustainability
Our Estates Strategy is currently being reviewed, and will incorporate sustainability as an integral consideration in the future development of the University. Completed developments in previous years achieved the BREEAM 'Excellent' rating including the multi-million pound Pontio building, the Marine Centre Wales in Menai Bridge, and the St Marys Student Village. Significant development of the University’s Science Quarter on Deiniol Road is proposed, whilst the Menai Science Park in Gaerwen was completed in 2018.
We are also embarking on an ambitious “Invest to Save” energy efficiency programme as we seek to achieve our long term objectives and targets. Each year the University makes 5% of its energy costs available for such initiatives. Recent examples include Horticultural LED lighting in our Henfaes and Memorial glasshouses, the installation of waterless urinals, retrofitting water efficient shower heads in our halls of residences, and the purchase of electric vehicles to replace end of life diesel vans in our Property and Campus Services fleet. If you have a suggestion for such a project please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about...
- Our Environmental Policy
- Strategy 2030: Sustainability Strategy
- Calculating your Carbon Footprint
- WWF My Footprint App
Sustainability at Bangor University
Of course, there’s more to sustainability than just the environment. For more information on the wider sustainability agenda at Bangor University, visit our Sustainability webpages.