Sustainability is at the heart of our University’s values and mission. If you share our passion, there’s lots of ways for you to help make the University and the Students’ Union a better, more energy-efficient, environmentally conscious and sustainable place to study.

Student Green Office

Part of our fantastic Academy for Sustainable Futures, you can help to promote sustainability across the University through events, publications, blogs and social media organised by the Student Green Office (SGO). Run by students for students, the SGO has four paid-part time student members, different volunteering opportunities for you to build your experience and a variety of free events for you to attend across the academic year.

Carbon Literacy Training

The Academy of Sustainable Futures is offering students free Carbon Literacy training. Learn about the cost and impact of carbon dioxide and how to reduce emissions on an individual, community and organisational basis. To find out more and book a place email

Work placements

Immerse yourself in sustainability with a short-term or summer placement working with the University’s sustainability team. From project work and branding development to campaign planning and more, there’s plenty to get involved in.

Community spaces

If you value sustainably managed spaces, you’ll find plenty to use and enjoy on campus. In Canterbury, we have a whole collection of Wilder Campus spaces, including a wellbeing garden tucked behind the Johnson building, a heritage jubilee orchard in front of Ramsey and Powell, and we have several raised bed allotments across the campuses where students and staff can grow flowers, fruit, herbs and vegetables together.

Academic support

If you or your tutor want to explore a sustainability project as part of your course the Sustainability team is happy to discuss your ideas and see how they can support you.

Students’ Union

Being green is a key commitment in the Students’ Union commitment and the Eco Students Society supports composting on campus, community litter picking, recycling and Fairtrade.

Taking something that I really enjoy and looking at how to make it sustainable has been a skill that I have worked hard at improving this year and I feel that working for the SGO has definitely helped me to do this.

AmyCounselling, Coaching and Mentoring Student and SGO Officer