Let’s make a sustainable planet

‘Let’s make a sustainable planet’ is the vehicle that has taken MMU on a journey to embed sustainability throughout the University, from the Vice Chancellor to every single student. The campaign has made sustainability relevant and it is now a core part of how this university operates and seen as a business priority.  It has innovated, adapted and enhanced sustainable projects and, as a result, MMU’s standing and reputation across the city of Manchester and beyond has grown significantly to show leadership.

“MMU has invested heavily in technology, infrastructure and new buildings to improve the sustainability of the University.  However, people make institutions truly sustainable through their personal and collective behaviour.  The University can provide the support but it is vital that the culture of the organisation changes to focus all of our collective efforts on sustainability.”
Professor John Brooks, Vice-Chancellor, in response to the success of the Green Impact Programme.
Dr John Hindley (Head of Environmental Strategy)
Let’s make a sustainable planet is MMU’s campus wide call to action to reduce our Environmental impact.  Our aim with Let’s make a sustainable planet is be innovative, inclusive in our approach and most of all enhance communication.
The University has made a strong commitment to report on environmental sustainability each year and is one of a few institutions who has been doing this since 2008/9 by way of a detailed Annual Sustainability Statement.
This year we have seen continued improvement in many areas of our Environmental policy commitments and the ability to measure and report success.
The development and implementation of the environmental strategy, has allowed the University to not only become recognised for its achievements, but also the approach has assisted the University enhance its reputation from peer to city to region and on a national basis.
The implementation of the Strategy has led to key measurable outputs and processes for tracking real improvement and this is evident through our online Sustainability KPI Dashboard.
The University is at a point where it will develop a new Environmental strategy to prepare for future challenges, take opportunities that reduce exposure to environmental legislation and use our sustainability credentials, as a lever, to increase other funding streams.
Furthermore, an increase in sustainability awareness is supported by evidential growth in engagement with students, eager to gain sustainability skills through projects, placements, volunteering, internships, growth in positive culture behaviour change and opportunities for eco-entrepreneurship.
Sustainability is a core element of the growing strength with MMU Futures will help foster activity to support student retention and act as a magnet for employability.
This Year the University has been very visible about its commitment to place sustainability at the heart of course design, which in fast becoming a major sector talking point.  We hope that the aside the other benefits of the MMU commitment, it can become a vehicle for true integration, course mapping and measurement of learning for a sustainable future together with robust KPIs that can track our progress.
Dr John Hindley, Head of Environmental Strategy