About us

We take our environmental responsibilities seriously and are working hard to reduce our environmental impact. With over 15,000 students, 2,500 staff, 960 acres of land and 301 buildings, we are effectively the size of a small town. This presents challenges and opportunities for us. Whether by reducing on site waste, water and energy use, embedding sustainability in the curriculum, enhancing campus biodiversity or broadening the impact of our research, we have a tremendous opportunity to be a driving force and an example for future generations.

Our vision

Surrey will be synonymous with sustainability literacy, applied best practice, research and leadership.


We will develop students awareness of sustainability through circular and co-curricular provision.


We will lead on sustainable research, drawing in private as well as public funding.

Operations and influence

We will set challenging targets to reduce our environmental impact, and use our influence to help others become more sustainable.


Our students as graduates will go on to cascade life-long sustainable solutions into all sectors across the word.


The University will align its policies with the sustainable development goals to provide a global context to our on-campus actions.

Sustainability practices

The University has recently carried out a review of our sustainability practices. We have many areas of excellence in sustainability, such as the Global Graduate Award and the wide-reaching work of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability.

The University also has a long history of good practice in energy management, with our own district heat network providing 13 per cent of our heat and electricity through a combined heat and power generator (CHP) and photovoltaics on many buildings.

There is still much we can do to reduce our environmental impact and be more sustainable. We are planning to develop a new sustainability strategy which we aim to launch in 2019.