Ways to help the environment at NTU
NTU is one of the most sustainable universities in the world, and for good reason. We work hard to reduce our impact, to support local communities, and to teach sustainable practice. There are lots of ways our students can help us make a real difference — for NTU, and for the planet.
How you can help
Teams across the University, including Nottingham Trent Students’ Union (NTSU), work together to make everyday life at NTU more sustainable, and work towards our target of becoming Net Zero Carbon by 2040.
Our Sustainability team embed sustainability within life at NTU and the Green Academy integrates sustainability into the curriculum. We're proud of our progress and are committed to making NTU a cleaner, greener and healthier university, and you can join our efforts to protect the planet.
At NTU you can get involved in activities that benefit the environment, the University and your own employability. Our range of accredited, group and individual initiatives will help you to increase your knowledge and experience of sustainability, and make a sustainable difference along the way.
Below are some of the top ways to help the environment at NTU.
1. Record your actions
The NTU Green Rewards app encourages you to embrace sustainability – you can calculate your carbon footprint, get back in touch with nature, find your local eco-friendly shops, and more. Over 26,000 sustainability actions have been logged by NTU students and staff, saving over 545,000kg of CO2e from the atmosphere.
This is a great interactive way of learning about making sustainable choices, with fun new actions each month. And if you're at the top of the monthly leaderboard, you might even win some prizes.
2. Make your voice heard
Join NTSU societies
The Sustainability Society, the Conservation Society, and the Fashion Revolution Society are student-led groups that champion sustainability and influence the socio-economic and environmental challenges that affect the local and international community.
Become an Eco-Ambassador
Our Eco-Ambassadors are student volunteers who work with the Sustainability team to promote and support wider sustainability events and initiatives for students and the University. Our Hedgehog-Friendly Campus Ambassadors help to increase hedgehog numbers across our campuses.
3. Travel sustainably
NTU promotes greener travel, and our aim is for 10% of journeys to the University to be made by bicycle by 2025 (up from 1% in 2019). Our sector-leading cycle service empowers staff and students to choose affordable, low-carbon travel through a cycle-hire scheme which includes secure storage facilities, on-campus maintenance support and training. You can hire a bike hire for only £49 a year.
Nottingham is also home to fantastic public transport networks, including biomass- and electric-powered bus fleets which can take you everywhere you need to go, in the city and beyond.
5. Get your hands dirty
Through weekly sessions at our Clifton allotment you'll learn how to grow pesticide-free fruit and veg, meet new people, and get some valuable fresh air and exercise. The produce that is grown is donated to local charities and community cafes.
Every year we coordinate tree planting days where you can participate in planting trees at priority locations around Nottingham. Not only does this help expand tree cover, but it also provides a meaningful opportunity to learn more about the green and natural places of Nottinghamshire.
6. Reduce plastic waste
Help us to reduce plastic waste with our Plastic Planet Campaign. We encourage positive behaviour changes and work with our students to reduce the amount of unnecessary plastic used around NTU. We’ve already eliminated 116,000 plastic cups, 169,000 items of plastic cutlery, and 18,000 plastic straws across NTU.
We hold events and activities throughout the year to raise awareness of current issues and encourage sustainable behaviour. These include an annual Green Week, Fairtrade Fortnight, Sustainability Action Week and NTU’s Sustainability Summit.