Sustainability - Writtle University College



Writtle University College upholds the principles of the Sustainable Development Goals and recognises the need to actively engage in the process of improving environmental conditions and the livelihoods of people within its own borders and beyond by promoting good practice in sustainability across all activities, including teaching, research & management of resources. The University will underpin all its activities with socio-environmental ethics and will endeavour to comply with relevant legislation and international agreements on environmental sustainability.

Writtle University College adopts the broad spectrum of sustainable development including the need to secure food and water as well as protect the well-being of individuals without compromise to biodiversity and the environment, for now and future generations.

Extract from the WUC Policy & Principles plan

As a higher education institute with a specialist provision in land-based studies, Writtle University College embraces the fundamental principle of an effectively functioning and viable global ecosystem as the prerequisite to human existence and all its socio-economic assets. In line with the United Nations agenda and action under the banner, “People, Planet and Prosperity” , the institute adopts the position of social and economic sustainability based on societal respect for healthy and resilient natural ecosystems. The headline, “Working with the grain of nature” is viewed as a fitting motto to represent the endeavours of the institute that tasks itself with ensuring that environmental considerations are embedded in all student learning experience, and in the wider activities of the University College. Writtle University College will achieve its objectives to develop a culture that promotes human well-being, environmental sustainability and ethical socio-environmental practice both within its borders and beyond by working in partnership with students, sector organisations and the wider community.

Phil MacDonald
Chief Finance Officer
WUC lead for Sustainable Development

Writtle University College
committed to fossil fuel divestment

Writtle University College fully accepts the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing to a clear conclusion human activities are the main cause for climate change, and the burning of fossil fuels along with large scale clearance of forests and general degradation of natural ecosystems are major contributing factors. The institute believes in the ethical endeavour to improve the environment and people's lives for the better by educating present and future generations in the principles and practices of sustainability, and by showing leadership through action.
Fossil Fuel Declaration Statement