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Our journey to becoming carbon zero

Nottingham has serious sustainability ambitions for the city and as a college we share these ambitions. As a large employer, occupying a sizeable estate, we must set an example for responsible environmental management and we have a duty to raise environmental awareness among our staff and learners.

Our journey to zero

Since our baseline year 2019/20 we have reduced our carbon emissions by 33%, some 1100 tonnes!

Reduced water consumption by 70,000 litres per year.
Zero waste sent to landfill.
Drastically reduced our single use plastic offer in our refectories.
Introduced a greater range of meat free options across our catering provision.
700 trees planted.
Partnered with a new Green Energy Supplier for our electricity supply.

New and upcoming projects

  • Launching a new Green Skills Centre for Nottingham thanks to the LSIF (Local Skills Investment Fund) through which we will share a grant of some £6.6 million to invest in green skills delivery.
  • Delivering £3 million of improvements to our Adams and Highfields campuses as part of our ongoing estates decarbonisation programme.
  • Open two, new ultra low carbon buildings at our Basford campus to house a new construction skills centre and a new centre for students with learning disabilities and/or difficulties.

Sustainability news

Our students have their say on sustainability!

Published on: 19 January 2024

Our Level 3 Business students had a fantastic opportunity to engage with local businesses as part of a sustainability event at Nottingham Contemporary Gallery.

Nottingham College Partners with G F Tomlinson for Major Construction Projects at Basford Campus.

Published on: 6 December 2023

We're delighted to have appointed midlands-based construction company G F Tomlinson to deliver two new build projects at our Basford Campus.

We've launched an exciting new 'Zero' Campaign to Achieve Carbon Neutrality!

Published on: 4 December 2023

From planting trees and green initiatives to energy efficient buildings and inspiring the next generation through our green curriculum, our exciting new Zero campaign is leading the way toward achieving carbon neutrality.

£6.6 million funding bid success for Nottingham College and its D2N2 college partners

Published on: 13 November 2023

Nottingham College has won a pioneering bid to develop a new Green Skills Centre and launch a suite of new training courses designed to put Nottingham and the wider East Midlands region at the forefront of the decarbonisation and green skills agenda.

How renewable energy is the future

​Learn more about how renewable energy sources are made and how to make our future greener. We teach our students to be more sustainable throughout their learning with us, as we progress into an everchanging and green-conscious industry.

This video features lecturer Abbad introducing our horizon kits that students learn from and with.


To be above our Carbon zero target by 2025.


Becoming Carbon Net Zero, for Type 1 & 2 (direct) emissions by 2030.

Understanding Environmental Sustainability (TQUK Level 2 Certificate) (19+) - Online Learning

This course is aimed at anyone seeking to improve their understanding and awareness of environmental sustainability.