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For the main sustainability page, please view our page here.

Climate change and ecological destruction are the greatest challenges of our time. Did you know that humanity has wiped out 60% of all animals since 1970? That 90% of 186 species of seabirds have plastic in their stomach? Food waste contributes to the equivalent of 4.4 gigatons of CO2 in the atmosphere every year. To put this into context: 40% of all apples, 50% of all bakery items and a massive 70% of all bagged salad is wasted in the UK every single year.

Students standing next to the Zebra
Students take part in our annual BioBlitz event.

We, as a world-leading research and teaching university have a responsibility to respond to these crises. So what are we doing about it?

Last year we signed Southampton City Council's Green City Charter. During the summer of 2020, we have worked in partnership with the Students' Union to set up a Sustainability Strategy Group and, together, we have worked to develop a new and meaningful Sustainability Strategy. Our vision is that by 2030, sustainability will be a part of everything the University of Southampton does.

You can read the full strategy document here.

Our world-leading researchers are responding to the climate crisis by future-proofing our world to withstand the great challenges facing our planet. Find out more by reading our sustainability research highlights.

Are you working on a cool sustainability project? Do you have some ideas for how we can achieve our goals? We'd love to hear from you! Contact us by emailing

You can also follow us on Twitter: @Sustainable_UoS

Find out more by visiting sustainability at the University of Southampton.

You can find out more about our strategy here.

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