The Sustainable Aston Working Group

The Sustainable Aston Working Group is an interdisciplinary group of academics, student representatives and support staff. Supported by the Executive, in May 2007, the Sustainable Aston Working Group developed a vision, Aston’s Sustainability Aims (PDF), committing the University to the concept of sustainability in the three key areas of community, teaching and research. This was then further developed in June 2008, when SAWG established a Sense of Direction document, detailing key areas of focus for the future.

The Sustainable Aston Working Group's prime role is to act as a focus for sustainability activities across the University, fielding ideas, lending support and enabling action. Trade Union representatives are welcomed to provide their input and should contact environment@aston.ac.uk if interested in finding out more about the group and getting involved.

The group always aims to include student representatives. If you're a student with an interest in sustainability issues at Aston, please get in contact and we will invite you to the next meeting.

Please also get in contact if you have a research project you would be interested in looking into related to sustainable development at Aston University. Areas may include:

  • Renewable energy sources
  • Behavioural change initiatives
  • Water reduction management
  • Sustainable Construction

The University is able to provide funding for student and staff led practical sustainability engagement projects. Some of these projects have included:

  • Bird boxes and bug hotels for Go Green Champions to install across campus
  • Funding for the Fairtrade Steering Group to arrange events and promotions 
  • Provision of food caddies for staff kitchens
  • Funding for the set up of a small allotment using raised beds on campus

If you have an idea for a project and would like to find out if the University can fund it, please get in touch.