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Sustainable City Challenge

Who is it for?

ALL STAFF.  Every member of staff will belong to a team which will be determined by the School or Professional Service Department they belong to.

How will it work?

Teams will earn points for green actions, taking part in competitions, and running their own sustainability project or campaign ('The Extra Mile').  Points will feed into a Leader Board which will be used to determine award levels and the Challenge winner.

Green Actions

This aspect of the Challenge will cover everyday actions (recycling, printing, procurement etc.) that have a direct impact on the environment and on the targets that City has set to address these.  Points will be awarded based on the department’s actual performance in the area concerned. Details will be provided prior to the commencement of this part of the Challenge.


Each month, the Sustainability Team will run a competition covering one or more of the following themes:

  • Waste (Reduce, Reuse)
  • Water
  • Energy
  • Sustainable Food
  • Fairtrade
  • Wellbeing
  • Biodiversity

The type of competition will be varied and will include quizzes, surveys, pledges, photography etc.  For each competition, each team will have the opportunity to earn up to 5 points based on the percentage of staff in their team that participate. To make things fair, the scoring system used will take into account the size of the department. From time to time, teams will also be able to earn bonus points. Details will be communicated when the competitions are launched.

'The Extra Mile'

Staff can choose to run their own campaign or project. Potential funding is available for these and all projects and campaigns will be showcased regularly. Points will be determined on a case by case basis and will be awarded based on achieved targets. An ideas bank will be made available to help inspire staff.


Points for all aspects of the Challenge will also be added up and the three highest scoring teams will receive Gold, Silver and Bronze awards respectively.

There will be some prizes on offer for the winning team of every competition and every member of staff that participates in each competition will be entered into a prize draw.

Staff that participate in 'The Extra Mile' will also be eligible for special awards.

For more information about the Sustainable City Challenge, please contact the Sustainability Team at sustainable_city@city.ac.uk.