The Sustainable University FAQ
What is The Sustainable University?
Bangor University has made the bold decision to become known globally as The Sustainable University. Indeed, much of what we do here is founded on our desire to Bring Sustainability to Life, whether through our teaching, learning, research or public engagement.
Bangor University adopted the Well-being of Future Generations framework in May 2016 to explain sustainability and as a way of managing our decision making and activities. More information is available in the “What is the Well-being of Future Generations Act?” FAQ.
We have started our journey to becoming The Sustainable University and sustainability@Bangor is our ongoing programme of improvements. To find out more read the “What is sustainability@Bangor? FAQ.
What is sustainable development?
Sustainable development has been defined in many ways, but the definition that is most often quoted is from ‘Our Common Future’, also known as the Brundtland Report published in 1987:
Put simply, sustainable development means improving our quality of life without damaging the quality of life of future generations. It is important to all of us, that sustainable development is achieved. This involves each of us as individuals, and careful planning at local, regional and global levels.
It also offers many opportunities, as former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said:
Sustainable development is an exceptional opportunity – economically, to build markets and create jobs; socially, to bring people in from the margins; and politically, to give every man and woman a voice, and a choice, in deciding their own future.”
What is sustainability?
Sustainability is the ultimate long-term goal which is achieved through sustainable development.
What is sustainability@Bangor?
Bangor University has made the bold decision to become known globally as “The Sustainable University”
Sustainability@Bangor is our ongoing programme of improvements to reach our goal, working together to put sustainability and the wellbeing of future generations at the heart of our teaching, learning, research and innovation. Staff and students from all departments are involved. To find out more visit our “Get involved” page.
What does the Vice Chancellor think about sustainability@Bangor?
John Hughes, Vice Chancellor of Bangor University is extremely supportive of the work of The Sustainability Lab Team to embed Sustainability@Bangor across campus and beyond in teaching, research and public engagement. He says:
“At Bangor University, sustainability is part of everything we do. It is how we function and why we function.”
What is The Sustainability Lab?
The Sustainability Lab is the focal point for all sustainability activities across Bangor University. We work with many other departments in order to reach our goal of becoming ‘The Sustainable University’.
The Sustainability Lab is one of the most influential and forward thinking centres for promoting sustainability. Our team has a wide range of expertise in environmentally, socially and financially responsible development.
We work within the University but also externally to enable individuals, organisations and communities to develop sustainable practices.
How can I get involved with sustainability@Bangor?
There are many ways to get involved, and it is important that we get as many students, staff, and other people involved as possible. No prior knowledge or expertise required, but lots of enthusiasm and a positive attitude is essential! You can get in touch via social media, e-mail, attend a Think Tank…
~ Your Ideas, Your University, Your Planet. Join in and make it happen ~
What is the Well-being of Future Generations Act?
The Well-being of Future Generations Act (Wales) is the overarching sustainability legislation in Wales, which came into force in 2015. The act aims to improve the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales. The Act also ensures that public bodies are thinking long term, work together better, prevent problems rather than trying to waste resources solving them and work in a more cohesive way. It aims to create the Wales we all want. Seven goals are outlined in the Act.
According to Nikhil Seth, UN Director of Sustainable Development:
The Wales Future Generations Act captures the spirit and essence of two decades of United Nations work in the area of sustainable development and serves as a model for other regions and countries… We hope that what Wales is doing today the world will do tomorrow. Action, more than words, is the hope for our current and future generations.”
What are the UN Sustainable Development Goals?
On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.
For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you.