Sustainability at City

Sustainability is about creating a world in which a healthy environment, economic prosperity and social justice are pursued simultaneously to ensure the well-being and quality of life of present and future generations.

What is City doing to promote sustainability?

Providing an education-centred approach to meeting its sustainability objectives.

Education for Sustainable Development (“ESD”) involves the recognition and infusing of sustainability, through formal and informal means, in learning, teaching, curriculum design, research and student-led activities. Read more here


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City has been accredited as a Fairtrade University since 2010 by the Fairtrade Foundation.  We are committed to supporting and using Fairtrade products and to educating our students and staff of the value of Fairtrade.
By choosing Fairtrade, farmers and workers in developing countries are given a better chance to work their way out of poverty, through fairer wages, safer conditions at work, and extra income to invest in bringing about changes and improving life for their whole communities.

Read our Fairtrade Policy here.






City is committed to mitigating the University’s impacts on biodiversity by incorporating the principles of conservation into estate planning and management, and by preserving and enhancing existing habitats where possible on campus.

There are already a number of initiatives underway at City which are contributing to biodiversity efforts, including:

  •  A vegetable garden for staff and student volunteers to tend and enjoy. (Please email if you are keen to get involved).
  • Green space in the College Courtyard area, which includes a green wall and green roof, plus seating for a relaxing environment
  • Drysdale Garden which includes additional green space and seating area for staff and students.
  • A Bee-hive on the top of Innovation Building. Find out more about this new project here.


Read more in our new Biodiversity Strategy


Sustainable Food

And enjoyed some sustainable food!

City University London is committed to providing healthy and sustainable food to our students, staff and visitors, while at the same time minimising negative environmental and social effects associated with the products and services we provide.

Find out more here





Cycling & Green Travel

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City actively supports cycling and walking as part of its Green Travel Plan, which aims to reduce the environmental impacts of travel generated by the University’s staff, students and daily activities.

Find out more here








Free chilled drinking water is provided for all staff and students at our Northampton Square site as part of City’s participation in the scheme, which provides free drinking water at all participating venues around London and across the UK.

Locations of the tapwater machines can be found here


Waste and Recycling

Throughout the Campus, we have provided bins for you to dispose of any unwanted items.

EK4A2357Use the bins marked “Dry Recyclables for:

  • Paper (all types, including paper towels, napkins and tissues)
  • Plastics (all types, including plastic bags, food containers and lids, but NOT cling film or bubble wrap)
  • Cardboard and drink cartons
  • Disposable coffee cups and lids
  • Biodegradable and compostable food packaging
  • Metal, tin, aluminium
  • Empty glass bottles and jars

Used the bins marked “Food Waste” for:

  • All food waste (but not liquid waste) ONLY

Use the bins marked “General Waste” AS A LAST RESORT for:

  • crisps packets, chocolate wrappers, food contaminated packaging and other items not listed above.

We also have special bins for:

Writing instruments: Pens, highlighters and other markers (but NOT pencils) can be recycled in the pen recycling bin located in the University Building (Level 1 main walkway, outside the Refectory).

Batteries (Located University Building (Level 1 main walkway, outside the Refectory); Social Sciences Building (Ground floor, next to lifts); Myddelton Street Building (Ground floor, reception area)

Find out more here



Carbon and Energy


City is committed to reducing its carbon emissions. So far we have reduced our emissions from 13776 tonnes in 2005/6 to 8507 in 2013/14

Find out more here


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