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 210 buildings across 346 hectares, as well as a complement of over 10,000 students and 2,000 staff, we recognise the implications of our impact on the environment.

How we work 

The Sustainability Task Group oversees the evolution and implementation of a Sustainability Agenda for Bangor University, and reports to the Executive Committee. Specific Actions are achieved through the multifunctional Sustainability Implementation Group, supported with input from Sustainability ThinkTanks, which includes representation from the wider University population.

Environmental Management System 

We are developing our formal Environmental Management System (EMS) to support our commitment to achieving continual environmental improvement. The EMS is certified to the prestigious ISO14001 and Green Dragon level 5 standards, and the guide to this can be viewed in our Environmental Management Manual.  Further information relating to our EMS can be accessed in these pages.

World class 

In 2010 Bangor University was ranked 17th of 133 places in the People and Planet University Green League earning us a “First Class Degree” in their “environmental honours” awards for the first time, and this year we are in the top 5% of the world's greenest universities according to the Universitas Indonesia UI Green Metric which demonstrates that we are taking our environmental impacts very seriously indeed.

Investing for Sustainability

Each year the University makes 5% of its energy costs available for invest to save 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 3 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 environment@bangor.ac.uk.

Do your bit for Bangor, for Gwynedd and for Wales...

Here at Bangor we have a Sustainability Pledge that we want everyone to sign up to.  Just a few simple actions that you can take to make a big difference to our environmental performance (you’re probably doing them already – but we’d still like you to sign up to show your commitment!)


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Environmental Incidents

If you spot any pollution or other environmental incidents at the University don’t hesitate to let us know straight away by phoning the Environmental Manager on Extension 3597 and completing the Environmental Incident Report form.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for even better environmental performance, please e-mail environment@bangor.ac.uk


Sustainability at Bangor

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 Lab webpages