An image overlooking a lake on to Edge Hill's Faculty of Health building

In its bid to lead the way as an eco-friendly institution, Edge Hill University has published a new report that outlines successes and the ambitious steps it is taking to become more sustainable. The University’s annual Environmental Sustainability Report (ESR) features the highlights and progress the University has made in its mission to protect the environment and become more sustainably driven. 

Over the last year, Edge Hill has made great strides to minimise its impact on the environment, working across several key themes, including staff and student engagement, education for sustainable development, ethical investment, biodiversity, and environmental management. 

Key achievements include: 

  • Bee’s Needs status; 
  • Green Flag award winner; 
  • Joining the Hedgehog Friendly Campus scheme to protect hedgehogs on campus; 
  • Decreasing waste by 41% to 450 tonnes and improving onsite recycling facilities; 
  • Waste has been either recycled or used to generate energy, with 0% sent to landfill; 
  • New transport measures to reduce carbon footprint; 
  • New groups launched to drive forward sustainability, both internally and externally. 

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Steve Igoe, said: “Edge Hill is committed to sustainability and we have a strong track record in reducing our carbon footprint and initiating new projects to look after our environment. Our high-quality green campus is a reminder of the benefits of biodiversity and environmental responsibility and we aim to lead the way as an increasingly eco-friendly institution.” 

An image of the greenery on the Edge Hill campus

Transport was identified as one of the key challenges facing the University’s carbon footprint, due to thousands of students and staff visiting the campus every year. To mitigate the environmental impact of this, a new bus contract was procured, guaranteeing lower emissions and increased capacity to improve fuel efficiency, providing another alternative to driving too. 

The University continues to work with local councils, train networks and bus companies to improve the public transport offer to the Edge Hill community, while cycle maintenance sessions and a new map of cycle facilities across campus have received positive feedback. 

The report also outlines the measures Edge Hill has taken to contribute towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, demonstrating how the institution has continued to develop its impact and influence within the field of sustainable development. 

Dan Bocharnikov, Edge Hill’s Sustainability Manager, said: “Climate change and sustainability are issues that really matter to our Edge Hill community. By working with our staff, students, schools, local groups and partners, we’re working to create positive change together.” 

The full report can be found on the sustainability pages of the University website, where more information can be found on events, initiatives and activities taking place on campus and virtually to support the green agenda.