in the UK
Times Higher Education Impact Ranking assessed against the United Nations’ Sustainability Development Goals, 2021
in the world
For Sustainability, UI GreemMetric World University Rankings, 2021
People & Planet University League, 2022/23
Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Bangor University: A force for good.
Our goal is to inspire our academic community, our professional services teams and our students to create a more sustainable world in alignment with our vision to drive success through transformative, innovative, impact-driven research and teaching.
We believe this University has a role to play in society, building on our focus on discovery, sustainability, safeguarding the environment and promoting economic, social, bilingual and cultural vibrancy. As a research-led University and as individuals who care deeply about the world we live in, we want to contribute to solving the world’s challenges, such as climate change, health inequalities, and workforce development.
We are passionate about promoting a culture and scholarship of environmental stewardship, living in harmony, and caring for the world in ways that meet our economic, social, environmental, and cultural needs. Underpinned by our world-renowned research, we will support the development of Wales as a bilingual learning country with a knowledge driven economy for the benefit of the world and future generations.
The four principles of Bangor University’s sustainability strategy.
Not just the environment
We realise that sustainability is not just about the environment. Alongside natural resources, we also need social, cultural and economic resources, meaning the four pillars of sustainability are: environment, culture, society and economy.
Our sustainability targets encompass all four aspects and develop a set of relevant key performance indicators.
Ambitious and evidence-based
We will become a leader in sustainability and to do this we must be ambitious in the targets we set our self. However, these ambitions and the actions required to achieve them will avoid knee-jerk reactions and fads. They will be based on robust multi-disciplinary evidence, which will be supplied by our own experts and researches at Bangor University.
Open and honest communication
We are on a journey to be the most sustainable university in the UK and we will be honest and transparent about what we have done well, and equally so on what we could do better. Bangor University will never be able to be accused of ‘greenwashing’.
In everything we do
Sustainability will become more ingrained in all aspects of life at Bangor University and all the activities our staff and students are involved in. Particularly, we will ensure that sustainability becomes a central theme in our curriculum and research specialisms. Developments across our campus, procurement processes, staff training and community engagement activities will also embed the principles of sustainability within them.
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More than the environment.
Being a truly sustainable university means not only looking after our natural resources and the environment – it means caring for our communities, our culture and our economic resources. At Bangor University we plan on making our university synonymous with sustainability.
Sustainability is more than the environment and it’s more than the work of a single department – it’s in everything we do. Working with the Welsh Government’s Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, we are committed to making an impact to the challenges our global community is facing.
Sustainability at Bangor
From our undergraduate modules to our research project, everything we do is being mapped onto the 17 UN Sustainability Goals and using the principles of the Welsh Government’s Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015
Some of our impact so far Zero Hunger
An estimated 30-40% of Uganda’s fruit and vegetables are wasted before reaching the market. Bangor University is working with colleagues at Makerere University in Uganda to develop sustainable food packaging alternatives.
Some of our impact so far Food Waste
Hungry Dragon is a Bangor University student-led food project, saving surplus food in Bangor. Recently partnered with Fair-Price Café, they convert surplus fruit and vegetables from local supermarkets into preserves and meals.
As a University, we understand that our use of fossil-fuel-derived energy is contributing to global climate change. In 2019, we declared a Climate Emergency and announced that 100% of our electricity is now supplied from guaranteed renewable sources. We have expertise in marine renewables (including mitigating the impacts on marine wildlife) and nuclear energy, vital to continue decarbonising electricity generation, which underpins emissions reductions in other sectors. North Wales is geographically placed to be a leader in environmental technologies.
Some of our impact so far Responsible consumption and production
In 2019/20 the University diverted 100% of its waste from landfills. Out of the waste diverted, 2% was reused, 59% was recycled and 39& was recovered. 617T of waste was generated in total, a 196T (24%) reduction from the previous year. We aim to reuse/recycle 70% of our waste by July 2025, as laid out in Wales’ overarching waste strategy – Towards Zero Waste.
What are we working on
There is a number of initiatives we are currently involved in
Policies and Strategies
Our policies and strategies shape the future of the University as well as focus on issues that face current staff and students.
Meet the Team
All people involved in Sustainability at Bangor share the same vision and values despite bringing different expertease and experiences to it.
When it comes to team we believe the whole is greater than the sum of its parts- but if you would like to browse the names check the list below.
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