Environmental sustainability is integral to both our teaching and research.
The School of Environment, Education and Development has a dedicated Green Impact Team made up of staff and students from multiple disciplines, and participates in numerous initiatives to promote environmental sustainability.
We already have Green Impact Bronze Awards for our staff housed in the Ellen Wilkinson Building and our Geography laboratories, and are currently working towards a Green Impact Silver Award for our staff based in the Arthur Lewis and Humanities Bridgeford Street buildings.
A recent Green Impact project highlighted the issue of food waste generated at University events, and advised on how to reduce such wastage. The project - which was commended in the institution's Making a Difference Awards 2017 - aimed to provide insight into workplace practices, and raise awareness of the need to balance the positive benefits of food provision with the often unseen factors that impact negatively upon sustainability. Staff ordering food were consulted and a food waste survey conducted to establish the views of students on the provision of food at events and possible solutions to reducing waste. For more information, see:
Finally, our staff and students also get involved with the University’s sustainability activities through the ‘Think Sustainably, Take Action’ initiative.
Sustainability projects in action
The project highlighted the issue of food waste generated at University events and how to reduce this waste.
Many of our course units focus on issues surrounding environmental sustainability.
For example, in Geography we offer course units around:
- Geographies of Sustainability
- Physical Geography and Contemporary Environmental Issues
- Environmental Pollution
- Climate Change and Carbon Cycling
In Planning and Environment, we provide course units focused on:
- Urban and Environmental Economics
- Cities & Climate Change
- Community Development: creative engagement and sustainability
- Environmental Law
Many SEED students can also opt for course units provided by the University College for Interdisciplinary Learning:
- Innovation for a Sustainable Society
- The Crisis of Nature: Issues in Environmental History
Research into sustainability takes place across the School, in dedicated research centres and projects as well as by individual academic staff and PhD students.
- Triangulum: demonstrating smart green growth in urban areas
- University living lab for sustainability
- Sustainable urbanism and environmental resilience
- EcoCities: The Bruntwood Initiative for sustainable cities at The University of Manchester
- Sustainable Cities: Options for Responding to Climate cHange Impacts and Outcomes (SCORCHIO)
- Environment and development - Global Development Institute