The University of Northampton is one of the youngest Universities in the UK and one of the first to be named as a Changemaker Hub, reflecting a special focus on social impact. This means that as an institution, we work hard to have a positive impact on the world around us. We recognise that our activities impact upon the local and global environment and based on this recognition we acknowledge a responsibility for, and a commitment to, lessening our impact through a variety of initiatives and schemes involving:

  • Energy and carbon management
  • Water consumption
  • Sustainable travel and transport
  • Waste minimisation and management
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Sustainable construction and design
  • Sustainable procurement

Everyone studying, working or living at the University shares the responsibility to lessen our impact on the local and global environment.

Environmental Management System

The University’s Environmental Management System (EMS) is based upon a formal Environment Policy​ and promoted through an Environmental Statement describing the environmental commitments and objectives set by the Health, Safety, Security and Environment Committee.

The Universities EMS is externally accredited by Investors in the Environment (IiE). For the academic year 2018/19 we have received the ‘Great Green Star Award’ accreditation for the second year running, the highest accolade possible. The Great Green Star awards go to the top 10% of Green Level members who achieve a minimum of 95% during their audit, further bolstered by additional environmental projects, and their impact on the communities they engage with.

Carbon Management

Committed to making efficient and environmentally responsible use of energy, the University has developed a Carbon Management Plan looking ahead to 2020 and is continually investigating and undertaking actions across the estate to improve its energy efficiency. Our principal carbon reduction target is to reduce its annual Scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions by 30% by the end of 2019/20 academic year, compared to a 2005/6 emissions baseline of 7947 tonnes of CO2.

Student Switch Off

The university has worked with NUS in recent years to engage students in the national ‘Student Switch Off’ campaign, an inter-halls energy saving competition. Every year hundreds of students register on the competition which helps students to learn about the impact of energy consumption in the home and ways to reduce this impact. The current Student Switch Off champions for the academic year 2018-19 are the residents of Bassett Lowke.

Waste and Recycling

The University has achieved impressive levels of recycling in recent years and since 2016, zero waste has been sent to landfill. For the calendar year 2018, 69% of waste was recycled or processed through composting or anaerobic digestion. All non-recyclable material is processed in an energy from waste plant, providing a valuable resource for energy generation. The University’s halls of residence, academic and administrative buildings are provided with durable recycling bins for a variety of different materials including mixed recycling, food waste and glass.

Travel and Transport

A travel plan for the University was established in 2018 as part of the move to Waterside Campus. Development of sustainable travel objectives is the responsibility of the Travel Plan Implementation Officer. Further details can be found on our Travel and Transport page.

Biodiversity Conservation

The University shares its space with numerous ecosystems supporting a wide range of biodiversity. Conserving this biodiversity is a responsibility the University takes very seriously. The new Waterside campus is located adjacent to the River Nene and contains a broad range of flora and fauna including over 12,000 trees, numerous species of birds and amphibians, and a small family of otters!

To contact us about any environmental or carbon management queries please email our Environment Adviser, Paul Tucker,


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