In April 2019 The University of Bristol became the first UK University to declare a Climate Emergency

Declaring a climate emergency acknowledges the deep concerns of students in addition to supporting Bristol City Council’s own climate emergency declaration. The decision was made in response to a letter to the Vice-Chancellor signed by around 100 academics together with a petition signed by 500 students.

Working with NETpositive Futures a project was developed and launched in November 2019 to support every school and department within the university to create their own Climate Emergency Action Plan.

 The project aims to support departments by:

  • Providing clear information and guidance about the climate emergency declaration
  • Engaging teams pro-actively with climate emergency planning and action
  • Providing a practical and department-specific approach to climate emergency planning
  • Sharing learning between departments to support collective action

The Action Planning Tool provides:

  • A materiality analysis of the department tailored to the University of Bristol context
  • A focus for discussion and engagement with the challenges of responding to the climate emergency
  • A mechanism for signposting to support and guidance
  • A practical approach to planning a departmental response that can be shared with stakeholders
  • A repository for progress and activity across the University