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Sustainability at Bristol SU

Bristol SU is committed to operating sustainably, and to encouraging student activity which promotes sustainability. Our work aims to broadly support the Sustainable Development Goals as set out by the United Nations. 

On this page you'll be able to find a range of materials, resources, and content from Bristol SU's sustainability work.

We have achieved a lot so far, but we know there is always more we could do in this area, if you have any questions or would like to make a suggestion, feel free to drop us an email!

Student Groups

Students in Bristol are achieving amazing things in their work to improve the sustainability of the University of Bristol and Bristol SU.

Recent successes include:

  • Bristol SU Sustainability Network's Foster A Plant scheme where students volunteer to foster houseplants for several months, before returning them to the university to increase green plant presence on campus.
  • People & Planet's campaigns for the university to diverst from fossil fuels, and to have a better Ethical Investments Policy.
  • XR Students' campaign for the university to pledge to be carbon-neutral. 
  • The recent Sustainability Month and Climate Emergency Day of Action campaigns.


Why not join one of Bristol's brilliant student groups who are leading a variety of sustainability related campaigns:

Student Reps for Sustainability

Students are represented at several different levels on issues relating to sustainability:

Student Living Officer

The SLO lobbies the university to make large-scale change in Bristol. This might include campaigns around fossil fuels, ethical investments, and the environmental impact of the university's facilities. The current Student Living Officer is Ruth Day.

Sustainability Network Chair and Committee

The Sustainability Network is responsible for creating a buzzing network of students and student groups who want to do their bit to improve the sustainability of Bristol SU and the University of Bristol. The current chair is Ella Boswell, and the incoming chair is Carlos Shanka.

JCR Sustainability Reps

These reps work to make your university accommodation a more people and planet friendly place.

Sustainability Course Reps

These reps work to ensure you get an education which is fit for the future, and does not ignore the climate crisis.


The motion to change the university’s default search engine to Ecosia was brought to the 2019 Bristol SU Annual Members Meeting by Veterinary students Elspeth Taylor and Hannah Rose. 

Ecosia uses their profits to plant trees. For approximately every 45 searches carried out on Ecosia a tree is planted in one of their partner projects around the world. This not only helps the planet but has huge social benefit for those living and working communities on the plantations.  

Following a successful campaign from students and Bristol SU, the university has now installed Ecosia on all shared access University computers. You can help us plant as many trees as possible by installing Ecosia on your personal devices.

Over 110 million trees have already been planted – how many can we plant together?