Sustainable Strathclyde Our work on campus

Solar panel

Energy

Improving energy and water efficiency and mitigating against global greenhouse gas emissions are key elements of our University strategy. Some recent examples of the University's investment towards net zero carbon emissions include:

  • The University's £16M Combined Heat and Power (CHP) District Energy Scheme that went live in 2018 and continues to deliver financial and carbon savings to the University. The project has transformed the way the University generates and uses its energy. The project is designed to act as a catalyst for further low carbon district heating to be installed around Glasgow City Centre. Further work is underway to make this a reality with the Climate Neutral Innovation District.
  • The University generates its own renewable electricity through solar panels. Since 2015, starting with the Technology & Innovation Centre (TIC) Building, the University has installed solar panels on all its new build properties. Solar panels on roofs of existing buildings, including the James Weir and the Duncan Wing, have also been installed.
Close up view of a bed of flowers with Strathclyde Sport building in the background

Biodiversity

We are protecting and conserving biodiversity on campus. We do this through the integration of rain gardens, green roofs and green walls. A green roof is being built as part of the Learning and Teaching Building. The Heart of the Campus project will also deliver extensive biodiversity and climate adaptation benefits in its design and construction. 

Cycle Friendly Campus

We are committed to sustainable travel. We have improved the facilities available to cyclists and have been recognised as a Cycle Friendly Campus by Cycling Scotland. The University has two bike storage hubs, located in the Curran (Library) and Royal College building. University Maps show up to date Cycle Parking facilities. We’re also working on providing more shower and changing facilities to encourage cycling at Strathclyde.