The University of Kent, as the UK's European University, prides itself on a commitment to promoting and achieving sustainability both locally and globally.

The Sustainability Team, based in the Estates Department, leads on the delivery of this commitment. Please use the links on this page to find out more about what we are doing to improve our environmental performance and embed sustainability across the organisation.

Carbon Management

We are committed to reducing our Carbon Emissions by 23% by 2020 and are working across the Estate looking at everything from heating, lighting, metering and IT systems to achieve this.

Find out more about our progress and read our new Carbon Management Strategy here



Photo voltaic array on the roof of the newly refurbished Templman library

Water Management

We are committed to reducing our Water consumption and are working across the Estate looking at everything from our water supply, wastewater provision, fixtures and fittings to achieve this. Find out how we are doing and read our new Water Management Strategy here



Recycling and Waste

Our waste team are responsible for managing all of the waste and recycling across both the Canterbury and Medway campuses. We currently recycle over 65% of our waste and our new waste stratgey commits us to reducing our general waste volume 6% and increasing waste re-use by 36% by 2021. Find out more about waste and recycling and find our strategy here




Managing our estate for biodiversity is an integral part of our day to day management of the outdoor spaces of our campuses. Find our more about our campus biodiversity and the people that manage the estate and read our new Biodiversity and Landscape Management Strategy here.

You can also find out more about our work to make our campuses more hedgehog friendly.


Wildflowers on Library Road, Canterbury Campus


Sustainable Food

In 2017 the University expanded its Fairtrade Steering Group into the Sustainable Food Steering Group covering all areas of sustainable food such as provenance, welfare standards, environmental standards, ethical trade, food waste, single use plastices etc. Since then the group has been working on Kent's first Sustainable Food Strategy which launches October 2018. Find out more here.


Kent Hospitality chefs in Sibson kitchen trying out some delicious new plant based recipes


Sustainable Procurement

The Sustainability team work closely with Procurement on various initiatives to ensure that our purchasing desicions have a positive impact on the University and local area while minimising the impact on the environment. The University's new Procurement Strategy embedds sustainablility into the heart of our major purchasing decisions. Find more information about Procurement and access the Strategy here

Responsible Procurement Information



Sustainable Estate

Coming soon


The newly constructed Sibson building is the first building on campus to be awarded a BREEAM Excellent rating for Sustainable Construction



The Transport team provide information and advice on travelling sustainably including discounted bus passes, safe walking and cycling routes, and incentives such as the cycle to work scheme. Find more information here



Education for Sustainable Development

Education for Sustainable Development allows every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. Find out more about education for sustainable development and what is happening here at Kent here




Kent Community Oasis Garden is our flagship sustainability and wellbeing project intergrating student, staff and community activities. Find out more about the project and how you can get involved here.

The University of Kent is also working with other local organisations and institutions as part of the Canterbury SDG Forum, a community action group that brings together people from across the District to find ways of embedding the Sustainable Development Goals into our local environment. The Canterbury SDG Forum has just released a report identifying what is currently being done and where the gaps are locally - you read the report here.

In Medway, we have joined forces with Canterbury Christchurch University and The University of Greenwich to promote and raise awareness of the SDGs, supporting staff and students in using them in there day to day activities. Find out more here.





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Last Updated: 26/05/2020