Improving sustainability

Interior view of Energy House 2.0 with two detached houses

We aim to address environmental challenges and ensure a sustainable future for generations to come by developing strategies to support a resilient and balanced coexistence between humanity and the natural world. 

Our work in this theme explores cross cutting issues around the conservation of biodiversity, responsible resource management, and the development and testing of technologies that minimise ecological impact. This output of this research includes studies on energy use in homes, green infrastructure and urban planning, the impact of sound on the natural environment, and the development of policies and practices that contribute to the overall wellbeing of the planet. 

Through collaborative partnerships with policy and business, we are supporting efforts to conserve biodiversity, reduce carbon emissions, adapt to changing climate conditions, and promote resilience in the face of climate-related challenges. This work correlates to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals on Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG7), Climate Action (SDG 13), Life Below Water (SDG 14), and Life on Land (SDG 15).

It starts in Salford. A place where ideas are formed that shape the world.

Professor Trevor Cox in the anechoic chamber

Our expertise in this theme

Geography degree student tending to plants

Our researchers propose practical solutions to foster ecological balance and mitigate the impact of human activities on the planet. This research includes our leading expertise and facilities around: 

  • Energy House Laboratories
  • Pollution, including chemicals, noise (acoustics) and radioactivity
  • Circular economy and nature-based solutions
  • Urban farming
  • Ecology and evolution
  • Environment, place, and society

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