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Cardiff University and the sustainable development agenda

"Cardiff University aims to benefit society through making a significant and sustainable contribution to health, economy, education and culture."

Cardiff University aims to bring about positive change through a world-leading programme of research, learning and teaching, which addresses a wide range of sustainability issues. The University recognises its responsibilities and potential in helping to create a sustainable future.

Sustainability is embedded in the University’s research, teaching and the way we undertake our business. It’s about empowering our students, staff and partners to contribute towards a more sustainable society.

Cardiff is well-advanced in having sustainable development research as a key strength across a range of physical and social science disciplines, with academics and research centres going on to win awards for their innovations. There are currently 11 schools and more than 120 academics working in this area and the University’s Sustainable Places Research Institute, launched in January 2011, brings together academics from across the University to provide a new basis for sustainability science.

The University also plays a key role in educating future generations of citizens, consumers, investors, entrepreneurs, leaders and decision-makers within Wales, the UK and globally. Sustainability principles are embedded in a wide-range of teaching subjects thereby empowering our students and graduates to contribute to a more sustainable society.

The University has introduced a number of policies recognising its responsibilities to the environment, including ways to reduce water and energy consumption and better manage the University’s waste.

More details of the University’s policies, procedures and performance can be found on the main Sustainability webpages.