Becoming climate resilient

Climate change resilience experts explain how the University can implement measures into policies, strategies and buildings to ensure we achieve a resilient zero carbon and sustainable campus.

As part of the climate change resilience stream of the University's net zero programme, a risk assessment and resilience review is taking place at Leeds.

This involves identifying impacts that climate hazards may pose to the University’s core activities and suggesting measures that can be used for future adaptations. Leeds is among a handful of universities across the country investigating climate adaptation on campus.

Christopher Wade, Architectural Technical Officer in the Facilities Directorate, said: “The report will be invaluable in identifying any existing buildings infrastructure and activities that are particularly vulnerable to extreme weather. It should also help with strategy, master planning and adapting our design policies so that we’re actively future proofing our campus instead of reactively addressing problems.

“These could be anything from ensuring research activities have reliable back up power to providing improved sustainable drainage to cope with heavier rainfall and the shading of windows to limit overheating. These measures will protect the university’s working investments, help us achieve our net zero commitments and have the added bonus of making our campus a more welcoming place to work and live”.

At £174 million, the University of Leeds’ ambitious Climate Plan represents the biggest investment we have ever made, with seven key principles highlighting our commitment to net zero emissions, a sustainable curriculum, responsible investment and reorienting postgraduate research and teaching away from the fossil fuel sector.

Visit our Climate Plan hub for more information, where you can also post questions and comments.

Watch a video featuring Climate Resilience Officers Juliet de Little and Julie Mair, together with Facilities Directorate Architectural Technical Officer, Christopher Wade explaining how the University plans to implement Climate Resilience.

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