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Sustainable travel

Embrace sustainable travel choices that leave a positive impact on communities and environments.

Cleaning up the air

According to the United Nations, air pollution is currently the greatest environmental threat to human health and it is killing an estimated 7 million people per year.

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.

For further information, visit the Sustainable Development Goals Action website.

What York St John is doing

We promote active travel by offering cycle storage facilities and participating in the government's Cycle to Work scheme. Electric scooters are available on the York teaching campuses, and nearly half of the University's vehicles are now electric.

In 2022 York St John's Living Lab initiative, Learning at the Junction, engaged students from 9 academic subjects in collaborative research on local air quality issues.

How to get involved

Consider changing the way you travel to help cut air pollution.

Find out about car-free travel options in York on the iTravel website.

iTravel York

Clean Air Day is on Thursday 20 June 2024.

This campaign:

  • Focuses attention on air pollution
  • Helps to improve public understanding and increase levels of air pollution busting behaviours
  • Showcases that a cleaner air future is both possible and desirable
  • Demonstrates large scale support for clean air, giving decision makers a mandate to implement the system changes required

Clean Air Day

To find out what the air quality is like in York, visit the York Air Map linked below.

York Air Map

Do you teach? Find ways to integrate air quality issues in the curriculum, no matter what discipline you teach by visiting our Living Lab page.

Find out more