The University’s key strategies and policies related to sustainability are listed below.
The strategic plan lists sustainable development as a key UWTSD value by behaving in a way that ensures that the needs of the present are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, and by systematically embedding this principle in our approach to teaching and learning. This is embedded into UWTSD strategic priorities and key performance indicators.
Our Sustainability Strategy helps us realise the concept of the ‘sustainable university’ making a powerful positive difference to our individual and collective futures.
Environmental Policy Statement
University of Wales Trinity Saint David recognises that environmental issues are fundamental to the future health and well-being of all those involved with our institution, the wider community, and our planet. Thus the University is committed to providing a stimulating, progressive and sustainable environment of learning, including full consideration of social, economic and environmental impacts and opportunities. The University accepts its responsibility of demonstrating leadership in sustainability through innovation and enhancement of its actions as an institution at the local, regional and global levels, minimising our impacts and determining sustainable solutions to environmental concerns.
Biodiversity Action Plan
The Biodiversity Plan communicates the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s commitment to a sustainable approach to biodiversity, as an integral element of its activities. It demonstrates our commitment to continual improvement in environmental practices and will form the basis of the development of a Biodiversity Action Plan. The Environmental Policy outlines our commitment to biodiversity. The Biodiversity Policy and Biodiversity Action Plan are currently under review.
- Welsh-language report: Adroddiad ar Adran 6
- Section 6 Report
- Biodiversity and Eco-Systems Duty – Forward Plan 22-25
University of Wales Trinity Saint David recognises that as a result of its activities there are associated greenhouse gas emissions from energy use, waste, procurement, travel, and other services. As part of our overall goal of sustainable development, we are committed to continual improvement in the management and reduction of energy consumption and carbon emissions. Our Carbon Management Plan Update provides an update to our 2014 Carbon Management Plan. This summarises our progress towards our commitments and outlines our ongoing and planned projects as well as our plan for continually reducing our carbon emissions.
- Carbon Management Action Plan
- Welsh-language Carbon Management Plan: Cynllun Gweithredu Rheoli Carbon
- Welsh-language certificate: REGO
- English-language certificate: REGO
- DEC Energy Building Action Plan
- Sustainable Travel Plan
Ethical Investment Policy
University of Wales Trinity Saint David carefully considers the ethical, social, economic and environmental consequences of all of its investments and activities. Our key principles and our commitment to implement and monitor an ethical decision-making process with regards to investments are outlined in our Ethical Investment Policy. As stated, the University is committed to divesting from fossil fuel companies and will not knowingly undertake new investments in arms companies or corporations complicit in the violation of international law. More information can be found on the Finance Department's page.
Sustainable Food Plan
A Sustainable Food Plan has been developed by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David to reduce any negative environmental impacts of catering services at the University through committed actions established by the Catering Department.
- Welsh-language Sustainable Food Plan: Cynllun Bwyd Cynaliadwy
- Sustainable Food Plan
- Welsh-language Sustainability Action Plan: Cynllun Gweithredu Cynaliadwyedd: Adran Arlwyo a Chynadledda
- Sustainability Action Plan: Department of Catering and Conferencing
Waste and Water Management Plan
The Waste Management Plan communicates the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s commitment to a sustainable approach to waste and water management and disposal, as an integral element of its activities. It demonstrates our commitment to continual improvement in environmental practices.
- Welsh-language Waste Management Plan: Cynllun Rheoli Gwastraff 2022-25
- Waste Management Plan
- Welsh-language Water Management Plan:Cynllun Rheoli Dŵr
- Water Management Plan
Sustainability Engagement Plan
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has the opportunity through students, staff and stakeholders to make a real impact through people and resources to help the drive to Net Zero, increase awareness, develop habitats and ensure environmental matters are considered in everything we do. The Sustainability Team have developed a plan of engagement to maximise the opportunities for involvement across our students, staff and stakeholders.