We take our responsibility to protect the environment very seriously.

Bath Spa University has participated in the People and Planet Green League table for the last six years, achieving two top 10 positions in that time.

 The University was ranked 1st out of 46 universities participating in the Student Barometer (a survey conducted around the world) in the Autumn Wave 2016 for “Eco-friendly attitude”.

We consider environmental sustainability in all our activities and use the Ecocampus scheme to manage our impacts.


Bath Spa University has been awarded the Ecocampus Platinum Award, its highest award.

EcoCampus covers all aspects of the University's operations, including:

  • waste management;
  • energy and water;
  • transport;
  • emissions and discharges;
  • construction and refurbishment;
  • sustainable purchasing;
  • community involvement.

Being Green at Bath Spa

Waste and recycling

Our target is to reach 80% on-site recycling of residential and academic waste and to send nothing to landfill. We have a comprehensive recycling scheme across the University, including the halls of residence.

Food waste is collected across the University estate for anaerobic digestion. At the end of each academic year, the Pack for Good campaign, collects unwanted and unopened food from student residences, which is donated to the local food bank.


We encourage everyone to use sustainable forms of transport including buses, cycling, or lift-sharing. We have a Silver award-winning travel plan, which is updated following an annual survey and consultation with staff and students.

The curriculum

Where possible we promote an awareness of the environment and best environmental practice through our courses. This reflects our concern for the natural environment, sustainable development and resource management.


Our Commons building on Newton Park campus has been designed to the highest standards of environmental performance. It has been assessed as excellent by BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method). Features include a 'living' sedum roof and energy efficient lighting.

Environmental Steering Group

The Environmental Steering Group (ESG) is a group set up to enable the University to effectively address the environmental challenges it faces. The ESG oversees progress towards achievement of EcoCampus and ISO 14001 accreditation.

The group is made up of staff as well as student representatives. They meet quarterly to discuss relevant environmental issues, and to direct the University's actions in tackling them.

ESG members

  • Anita Taylor – Dean of Bath School of Art & Design;
  • Arlene Stone – Director of Human Resources;
  • Christopher Ellicott – Registrar and Director of Student Services;
  • Cody Moir – Students' Union Representative (Environment and Ethics Officer);
  • David Watson – Head of Culture and Environment COLA;
  • Jane Wakefield – Head of Communications;
  • John Beaver – Director of Information Technology Services;
  • John Strachan – Vice-Provost Research and Graduate Affairs;
  • Julian Greaves – Sustainability Manager;
  • Kate Rigby – Professor of Environmental Humanities;
  • Mark McGuiness – Assistant Dean: Strategy and Planning COLA;
  • Neil Latham – Chief Operating Officer;
  • Richard Jordan – Estates Manager;
  • Sara Cundy – Sustainability Coordinator;
  • Sarah Dawes – Chief Executive Officer, Student Union;
  • Susan Hammond – Student Development Coordinator, Students Union.

Current students and staff

If you currently work or study at Bath Spa University, we have a wealth of information on our intranet pages. You can also follow us on Twitter or Facebook or email queries through to environment@bathspa.ac.uk.

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