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Sustainability on campus

The Campus Masterplan, which takes us to 2030 and beyond, sets a blueprint for the future development of Warwick’s campus, committing us to managing biodiversity holistically, and to ensuring that ecology & biodiversity on campus is much better than before. We will work to conserve habitats and species across our campuses, spanning over 400 hectares of land, and develop campus biodiversity holistically, enriching the environment for nature and human interest.

Our goal is to enhance campus biodiversity targeting a minimum 10% net gain compared with pre-development.

  • We will allocate a large proportion of our land holding (over 120 acres) on the main campus to re-wilding and parkland for amenity, education and, to assist our transition to renewable energy.
  • We will safeguard and enhance existing ecological assets.
  • Encourage people (staff, students, and local community) to engage with the natural environment through education and research.

Across the University we have over 130 waste streams which include glass, cardboard, plastic, food, pots & pans, and clothing to name a few. With so many students, staff and visitors on campus producing waste all the time. The goal is to reduce the total volume of waste produced by Warwick and, if that’s not possible, reuse and recycle.

We will:

  • Reduce waste being produced in the first place: supporting initiatives that stop waste being created - for example the Warwick Cup scheme, the second hand bike shop pop-up and the arrivals pop-up shops.
  • Reuse waste that is produced: for example, we donate a significant amount of ‘clean waste’ left at the end of the academic year to charity, working with both the compliance and community engagement teams
  • Recycle as much waste as possible: conducting an infrastructure review (containers, accessibility, collection), a communications review to encourage more recycling behaviours, improving our processes to segregate new waste streams: cardboard, cables, duvets and bedlinen, coffee grounds and building on our existing food waste collection activities
  • Recover waste: we will secure access to Waste to energy plant to dispose of waste so that we continue ensuring 0% to landfill; we will divert waste from landfill using dedicated material recycling facilities for large items not accepted at incinerator resulting in zero waste to landfill.