Join Green Lancaster's core team as a volunteer or student staff member, or else collaborate with our network according to your time and capacity. Getting involved is easy and how involved you get is completely up to you. Click the link to sign up for our newsletter, and be the first to hear about our latest news, events and social stories.
Welcome to Green Lancaster
A partnership between Lancaster University and the Students’ Union devoted to engaging students, staff, and the local community in practical responses to the climate and ecological emergencies.
Scroll to content
Changing the landscape of sustainability
It all began in 2005, when the University and Students' Union formed a partnership that would focus its efforts on promoting activities aimed at raising awareness and engaging with Lancaster students on issues of sustainability. A lot has changed since then, especially the landscape in and around campus. We've expanded as a University, taking on an increasing number of students and a larger estate. As our reach has expanded, so to have our responsibilities for the environment locally and globally.
Fast forward to today, and it's safe to say we've come a long way. We've evolved to become a major platform and voice for people within the Lancaster community to engage with, promote and interact with at a local level. As we continue to drive change on multiple levels across the University and beyond, we are embedding our values and building relationships to ensure that the University does what it can to create a thriving natural environment, reduce carbon emissions and create the sustainability leaders of the future.
Each year we host a competition between all nine colleges to come up with new and innovative projects that can improve environmental sustainability on campus. Each college team chooses an ‘issue of today’ to explore, looking at sustainability across travel, waste, biodiversity and energy, in line with the four core areas of Green Lancaster. Focusing on their chosen issue they develop meaningful solutions that are put to the test in the Judges Panel, where teams will present their ideas to a panel of University experts; senior University staff members who are actively involved in the University’s sustainability agenda. Click the link to find out more.ECOChallenge
Take a look at ways you can get involved with our dedicated events calendar below.
Lancaster University Travel Carbon Emissions & Facts
Wherever possible Lancaster University encourage and facilitates sustainable transport choices for staff, students and visitors; and works to continually reduce the negative impacts of travel such as congestion, carbon emissions and air pollution.
Big Bike Conversation 2022 competition winner
As part of the Big Bike Sale in September, where students and staff were able to purchase good quality bicycles at affordable prices, Green Lancaster held its first Big Bike conversation competition. The winner was chosen by the Green Lancaster panel of sustainability experts from more than 500 submissions.
It’s 'Hardknott' to love it: Green Lancaster’s latest ECOWoods Field Trip
With Michaelmas Term coming to a close, Green Lancaster led a final field trip before the holiday season to Restoring Hardknott Forest, an exciting ecological restoration project in the Lake District, converting a conifer plantation back into a more balanced ecosystem of native woodland and wildlife.
Green Lancaster goes to Wild Haweswater
On 16th November, a group of Green Lancaster volunteers headed up to Cumbria for an ECOWoods field trip with Wild Haweswater. We helped the project by removing 10-year old tree tubes that were no longer needed, surrounded by Lake District fells, soaring buzzards, a recently re-naturalised Swindale Beck, and under a lovely autumn sun.
Projects, campaigns and events
Our projects, campaigns and events are built around the Green Lancaster 10 year plan with activities planned annually and outlined in the Green Lancaster Annual Action Plan. These plans are a key component in ensuring that the objectives set out in both the University's various Sustainability Plans and the Students' Unions Sustainability Strategy are aligned. Our objectives are categorised into the core areas shown below. The corresponding programme of activities and events run all year round and drive physical change, spread awareness and produce real results.
Promoting healthy and active travel locally and facilitating a modal shift to low-carbon travel nationally and internationally.
The ECO-family of projects; ECOHub, ECOWoods and ECOWild; innovative and sustainable solutions to rejuvenating ecosystem-services and agricultural production.
Analysing patterns of energy consumption and prioritising efficiency gains towards zero-carbon living and workspaces.
Prioritising the shared and circular economies as the modal solutions to the elimination of material waste.
Since the inception of Green Lancaster in 2005, we've built strong relationships with charity partners locally, regionally and nationally, as well as with members of the local community, student societies and of course our students and staff. Our community is full of determined, forward thinking people who all share a common desire; to make a difference. Our community is always growing and our events are becoming more and more popular as it does but we will always welcome more people to join so take a look below at how you and your friends can get involved.
The Students' Union website is the home for student societies with a sustainability focus. Maybe you have an interest in growing your own produce at the ECO Hub, or perhaps you want to campaign for action on climate change; we can put you in touch with like-minded people via the Students' Union so that you can drive change during your time at Lancaster!Environmental societies