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MEETinLEEDS Sustainability

MEETinLEEDS recognises the importance of the role that we play in looking after our environment and as such is proud to support the University’s Sustainability Team.

The University understands the importance of sustainable development and has established policies and programmes that are needed to tackle impacts at a local and global level. The University’s sustainability performance is linked to the decisions that we take as part of our community of over 40,000 staff and students.

Please see the Green Tourism Business Scheme section below for locations that have been awarded a Gold standard by Green Tourism, which demonstrates our understanding of the importance of sustainable development and that the strategies and measures we have in place to guide our performance have us well on the way to becoming a Sustainable University.

Our Awards

Green Tourism Business Scheme

The Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) is a national sustainable tourism certification scheme, validated by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism, for the hospitality industry. Businesses are assessed by a qualified grading advisor against a rigorous set of criteria, covering a range of aspects, like energy and water efficiency, waste management, and biodiversity. Businesses can be graded Bronze, Silver or Gold, and the University of Leeds has committed to further audits to demonstrate commitment and continuous improvement.

The following venues have won Green Tourism awards:

Goldstar Award Finalists

Devonshire Hall received a Highly Commended for the Green Tourism Goldstar Awards 2013.

Devonshire was selected from the 350 Green Tourism businesses who achieved Gold in 2012 and represent the top 3% of Green Tourism businesses in the UK and Ireland.

Goldstar Award Winners

Storm Jameson Court won the award for Best Campus Accommodation at the Green Tourism Goldstar Awards 2014. 60 UK finalists were drawn from a total of more than 2,400 contenders to make the list of nominations for 13 award categories, the winners of which were drawn on 10th November 2014. You can find out more about the awards here.

Green Impact Awards

Green Impact is an environmental accreditation and awards scheme run by the National Union of Students bringing staff and students together with their wider communities to enable and showcase positive changes in environmental practice. Institutions, or their Students Unions, are assessed by trained student auditors against workbooks containing an appropriate set of criteria, that encourages simple actions initiated by staff and/or students within their workplace. Institutions can be graded Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum, to recognise the level of actions implemented over the previous year.

The following venues have won Green Impact awards:

Read more about the University’s Green Impact awards on the Green Impact blog.


MEETinLEEDS are committed to the University’s policy of reducing its carbon dioxide emissions caused by both commuting and business travel. We encourage visitors to use public transport, bicycles and their feet as often as possible. To plan your journey to the University by public transport we recommend using Traveline.

Visiting the campus by car? Parking on campus is limited, so we would encourage you to use public transport whenever possible. However, should you need to use a car to travel to or around the Leeds area, please either consider car sharing with colleagues, or use the local City Car Club scheme on arrival

Living it Green

Living it Green is a campaign that has been created by Residential Services to reduce our combined impact on the environment through reducing energy consumption; reducing waste, encouraging the use of different forms of transport and promoting positive impacts on other environmental issues.

Great Food at Leeds

Great Food at Leeds is the University’s very own award winning catering service that cater for all the hospitality and fine dining events on campus. You can find out more about their work on sustainability in Great Food at Leeds website.

University Environmental Policies

For information on various University of Leeds environmental policies you can visit the University’s sustainable developments website.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

The University of Leeds is proud to be a corporate member of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, which is responsible for looking after over 100 of Yorkshire’s best places for wildlife, including several in the Leeds area.

Should you wish to visit during your stay then please ask at your reception desk for further details.

Responsible Visitors Charter

We encourage all our guests to help play their part in supporting these policies by reading the Responsible Visitors Charter.