What is it?

Sustainability is a concept that was first coined from the Brundtland Report's definition of sustainable development in 1987: development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

There is no single universal definition of sustainability. In practice, it aims to use resources without them being completely destroyed, degraded or used up so there are some left over for use by future generations.

Why does it matter?

Sustainability is important as we cannot maintain our quality of life as human beings on this planet and the Earth's ecosystems unless we embrace it. To put it simply, our global future depends on it.

Sustainability needs to be addressed and we need to implement change as if not, the Earth will be damaged beyond repair. We must find a way to reduce our harmful impacts on the environment.

The UN's Sustainable Development Goals introduced in 2015 are listed here.

The University of Manchester

The University has its own sustainability strategy, which is important as the largest single-site University in the UK with over 38,000 students and 12,000 staff.

The strategy has four key strategic objectives:

  • Research with impact
  • Socially responsible graduates
  • Responsible processes
  • Engaging our communities

Further information can be found on the Environmental Sustainability team's website here.

Students' Union

Here at the Students' Union we are doing so many things to become more sustainable. Here are some of the ways we are taking a more sustainable approach:

  • Biko's Bikes
  • Meat Free Mondays
  • Food waste bins
  • Sourcing from local suppliers
  • Future U building developments
  • Societies
  • Student Action Projects
  • Campaigns & Citizen Officer

There has never been a more important time to be aware of the impact each and every one of us has on the world around us, and as your Students’ Union we keep that at the forefront of everything we do. From campaigns to societies to regular events, there’s an opportunity for all kinds of students to engage with and encourage sustainability across Campus.

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