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Bournemouth University is conscious of its impact on the environment and constantly working towards achieving its sustainability vision.

We've introduced a number of initiatives over the years to help make BU as environmentally friendly as possible – and we have won a number of awards as a result. Take a look at our sustainability timeline to see our progress.

What we've achieved so far this academic year

What we've achieved in the past


  • Launched our Climate & Ecological Crisis Action Plan (CECAP) with the target of net zero emissions by 2030/31
  • Became an accredited Gold Level Cycle Friendly Employer
  • Achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for Bournemouth Gateway Building
  • Ranked in the top 7% of universities across the world (74th out of 1,115 universities) in the THE Impact Rankings 2021 for our contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 
  • Ranked 8th in the world for SDG12 Responsible Consumption & Production (THE Impact Rankings 2021)
  • Ranked 2nd in the UK and 15th in the world for SDG13 Climate Action (THE Impact Rankings 2021)
  • Awarded £500 to the winning student team in our first ever BU-SUBU Sustainability Challenge
  • Hosted our first ever BU Climate Month, attended by over 250 people
  • Signed up to the UN’s Race to Zero, a pledge to take action to reach net zero emissions as soon as possible


  • Achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for Poole Gateway Building
  • Ranked in top 15% of universities across the world in the THE University Impact Rankings for the second time. Ranked fourth place in the UK for our positive action towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13: Climate Action and tenth globally for SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Became one of only a handful of universities to achieve a double certification for its environmental and energy management system after receiving ISO50001 certification
  • Achieved 'Gold' rating in the Sustainability Leadership Scorecard
  • Replaced lighting through Chapel Gate site with LEDs.


  • Installed our largest solar PV panel system to date on Poole House
  • Ranked in top 15% of universities across the world in the first Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings. Ranked seventh place globally for our positive actionstowards SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.
  • Shortlisted as a finalist in the edie Sustainability Leaders Awards in the ‘Employee Engagement & Behaviour Change’ category.
  • Received First Class award in People & Planet's University League.
  • Achieved BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating for Studland House Phase 1 refurbishments, which included an upgraded and larger solar PV panel system on the roof.


  • Awarded the Earth Charter award winner for Engagement in Sustainability
  • Achieved BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating for Weymouth House Phase 1 refurbishments
  • Achieved transition to ISO14001:15/ EcoCampus Platinum
  • Team Finance and Performance won Green Rewards programme at BU, donating £100 to the Bournemouth Foodbank
  • 11 Staff teams completed the NUS Green Impact achieving 4 Gold, 1 Silver, and 8 Bronze awards between them.
  • Replaced lighting across Sir Michael Cobham Library and Studland House with LEDs.


  • Renewal of Fairtrade Certification (12 years)
  • Two Green Gowns Finalists in Community category and Learning & Skills category
  • SUBU awarded us the Most Sustainable Event of the Year for annual Waste Audit
  • Sustainability Manager Dr Neil Smith became a fellow of the EAUC, acknowledging and rewarding his exceptional contribution to the EAUC community.
  • Ranked 11th place in the People and Planet University League (1st Class Degree)
  • Awarded Best Overall Team prize in the Bournemouth Commuter Challenge.
  • Replaced lighting in Executive Business Centre and external lighting across Talbot Campus with LEDs.


  • Achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for Fusion Building
  • Earth Charter award winner for waste management Momentum Cycle Challenge - winner in the 500+ employee size category
  • Retention of EcoCampus Platinum/ISO14001 certification
  • Awarded first class degree in the University League
  • Food for Life Silver Award
  • South West Fairtrade Gold Business Awards 2016
  • Travel and Transport Manager Richard Wintrip won the Vice Chancellors Individual Achievement for his work in influencing staff and students to travel more sustainably.


  • Achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for Student Centre 
  • 7th in the People & Planet University League
  • Food for Life Bronze Award (Chartwells)
  • Winner of Dorset Travel Network Gold Standard for travel planning and Business Travel Network Large Employer of the Year Award
  • Momentum Cycle Challenge - winner in the 500+ employee size category
  • Renewal of Fairtrade Certification (10 years)
  • Certification to EcoCampus Platinum and ISO14001.


  • Sustainable Fish City Pledge
  • Re-certification to EcoCampus Gold Award
  • Carbon Management Plan Highly Commended in the Green Gown Sustainable Procurement category as a member of the South Coast Affinity Group.


  • Aibeat Earth Charter Awards - Award for engagement in sustainability
  • Momentum cycle challenge - winner in the 500+ employee size category.


  • Achievement of EcoCampus Gold Award
  • Shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development Award
  • Finalist in the Green Gown Positive Behaviour category
  • Finalist in the Green Gown Sustainable Procurement category as a member of the South Coast Affinity Group.


  • Achievement of EcoCampus Bronze and Silver Awards.


  • Finalist in the Dorset Business Environmental Excellence Award.


  • Achieved Fairtrade status.


  • Winner of the Green Gown Transport category.


  • Highly Commended in the Green Gown Energy Efficiency category.