Sustainability Tips



Staff and students can all help play a part in improving our sustainability performance.  The changes we can all make to our daily routines are individually very small but collectively can make a difference to the impact we have on the environment.

To get you started, the table below gives some examples of the simple things you can do to help.  We would be interested to hear about any changes you have made.  Email us at





Only switch on when requiredBuy Fairtrade and local/seasonal produceDrink tap water not bottled WaterDrive less and leave the car at homeRepair itemsBuy fairly traded productsInsulate your homeBuy free range or organic whenever possibleVisit the Staffordshire University Nature Reserve
When finished, switch it offPurchase recycled content itemsReport/fix dripping tapsCan you video or tele-conference?Avoid buying overly packaged itemsConsider whole life costingReduce your footprint by investing in renewable technologiesBuy seasonal fruit and vegetablesAttract butterflies and bees to your garden by planting nectar bearing flowers
Consider energy labels when buying newPrint lessBoil only what you needUse the intersite bus or car shareReuse and recycle itemsBuy environmentally specified logo products e.g. Energy Saving TrustBuying or renting a property? Ask to see the energy performance certificateSupport local produceFeed the birds all year round
Maximise daylight and natural ventilationOnly buy what you needTake showers, not bathsGet business travel back on the tracksCompost food and garden wasteReplace and reduce disposal itemsDecorate with water based paintsCook more meals at homeCompost your old vegetable peelings to make a rich fertiliser for your soil
Monitor and manage your usageHave a meat-free dayCollect rainwater for grounds and gardensWalk more, it's quick, free and healthyValue your environment and don't drop litterDon't impulse buyBuy Forestry Stewardship Council wood productsGrow your own or get involved at the University community organic allotmentsPlant native trees