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About sustainability

woodland flora1Sustainability at Royal Holloway is integral to what we do and how we operate. We are providing leadership on sustainability through our facilities, our campus, our education and research and through a culture of sustainability at the College.

Sustainability is about bringing sustainable thinking into the core of organisations and businesses. For a university that means embedding sustainability in our core business of providing education.

We can educate for sustainability through the curriculum we offer, through our campus and facilities and through creating and promoting a culture of sustainability throughout the College.If we manage to provide sustainability education through these channels our students will graduate with an awareness of sustainability and be in a position to factor these into their future decision-making.

We aim to provide as much information on our webpages as possible to help you be sustainable at the College and so you can play your part in creating a culture of sustainability.

If you'd like to know more get in contact with us by emailing the estates team. We look forward to creating a culture of sustainability with you.


Many new constructions on campus have building standards that are recognised by Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM). 

Both the Emily Wilding Davison Building and the George Eliot Residences have achieved a BREEAM rating of excellent.

The new science building, which is currently under construction, is also aiming for a BREEAM rating of excellent.

Bus service goes contactless

Royal Holloway runs its own bus service from campus to Egham station and also to their Kingswood and Huntersdale sites. The route between campus and Egham costs £1, which can also be paid via contactless card as well as cash as of September 2017. 

This is to make the service easier to use and therefore more accessible, aiming to encourage the use of public transport. 

Solar panels

Solar panels have been placed on the roof of the new Emily Wilding Davison building, which opened its doors in September 2017. 

Bicycle removal policy

At the end of the 2016/217 academic term, the Sustainability Team started its annual bicycle removal process. Each year every bike left on campus during the summer has a tag put on it, ready to be removed by cyclists who are still actively using their bicycle. Any bicycles that are left with a tag on in the following September are deemed as 'abandoned' and are therefore removed from the bike store. These bicycles are eventually donated to the charity Peddle My Wheels, who take old bikes, refurbish them and then pass them on at discounted prices. 


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