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Our green university

Sustainability Snapshots

Empowering change with Sustainability Snapshots from our community and campus.

Corkboard with polaroids of campus, title: Sustainability Snapshots.

Inspiring actions across our community

Sustainability Snapshots is dedicated to showcasing the breadth and depth of environmental initiatives and actions taken across our entire University community.

The science is clear, our planet is heating faster than it has done in millions of years because of our reliance on fossil fuels and current system of limitless economic growth. Whilst it is clear we cannot continue to go on as we have done, the solutions to the crises we face do exist. We can all create hope by taking action and playing our part in creating a better future than the trajectory we are currently on.

Amidst the deluge of negative sustainability news, we aim to foster a sense of optimism and possibility, to spark further action and engagement. We want to recognise and celebrate students and staff already making meaningful contributions to sustainability, while also encouraging the sharing of new and unheard stories.

Through the power of storytelling, we seek to share valuable lessons and inspire the creation of new narratives, and a different future.

Sustainability Snapshot stories

Explore our Sustainability Snapshots showcased on posters and screens across campus, highlighting the remarkable efforts of our community members. Dive deeper into their inspiring stories on our dedicated page.

If you have your own sustainability story to share, get in touch. Maybe you're already taking action, or maybe this campaign has inspired you and you'd like to let us know. Your story will be featured on our Sustainability Snapshots Padlet Board.

Our snapshots    Share your story

Why these stories matter

Solar panels at campus car park.

Energy and carbon reduction

We need to stop wasting energy whilst also rapidly switching away from burning fossil fuels to using greener low-carbon energy. 

Person with a backpack stood in the airport

Sustainable travel

Air has become the primary threat to both our health and the planet's sustainability, intensifying its impact on human wellbeing. Addressing this climate and health emergency requires collective action at the local, regional, and global levels.

Close-up of an onion growing in York St John sustainable food supply

Sustainable food

It is vital we increase our resilience in local communities by growing our own food and making changes to food systems and diets. 

Protecting and enhancing biodiversity

Urgent measures must be taken to safeguard both nature and the vital ecosystems upon which people and communities depend.

grounds team on campus in nature

Reducing waste

Food waste is a huge issue. If waste food were a country, it would be the third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the world, according to UN's Food and Agriculture Organization.

We have to dramatically reduce our consumption and waste.

York St John students and staff carrying placards for a climate protest

Sustainable communities and activism

Whilst individual changes are important, one of the most powerful and impactful things we can do is to act collectively and use our voices, together, to push for system change.

Our mission, culture and values

We pride ourselves in our community here at York St John University. It’s a close-knit, inclusive place that offers a lot more than a degree certificate. With official 'Sanctuary' status, we see our role as something bigger than an education provider.