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#PlanetPartners: Climate change research, communication and campus sustainability put Reading at forefront of climate action – University of Reading

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#PlanetPartners: Climate change research, communication and campus sustainability put Reading at forefront of climate action

Release Date 21 May 2021

SDG13: Climate Action

Improving understanding of climate change and leading action to tackle it is a key strength of the University of Reading, and one that feeds directly into global efforts to reduce emissions and avoid damaging climate impacts.

The University’s institutional and research efforts are underpinned by the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are aimed at tackling societal and environmental challenges across the planet and are closely aligned with the University’s own strategy.

This May, the University of Reading is running a new #PlanetPartners campaign, inviting its entire community to share examples of work towards all the SDGs.

SDG13: Climate Action works towards combatting climate change and its impacts around the world, through developing green economies, advancing knowledge of how the world is being affected by emissions, and reducing carbon footprints.

Reading ranked 91 out of 566 participating institutions globally in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2021, and 15 out of 33 in the UK.

“My colleagues and I are proud to work for a university that not only leads the research agenda on the climate crisis but is also making big strides in reducing our own carbon footprint and helping adaptation in our local community." - Professor Andrew Charlton-Perez, Head of Department of Meteorology

Examples of work by the University to address SDG13 include:

Professor Andrew Charlton-Perez, Head of the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading, said: “Climate research at Reading runs from the detailed theoretical understanding of the physical processes driving the climate system all the way to work with those whose lives and livelihoods are already being shaped by changes to extreme weather events.

“My colleagues and I are proud to work for a university that not only leads the research agenda on the climate crisis but is also making big strides in reducing our own carbon footprint and helping adaptation in our local community.

“We are excited to train the next generation of climate scientists and leaders through our undergraduate, masters and research student courses.”

The UN’s SDGs incorporate themes across the ‘five Ps’: People, Prosperity, Planet, Peace and Partnership. These align with the University of Reading’s own strategic themes: Community, Excellence, Sustainability and Engagement.

This campaign follows the publication of the THE Impact Rankings 2021, in which Reading participated for the first time and ranked in the top 200 globally, which scored participating universities on their support of the individual SDGs.

#PlanetPartners

The University’s latest campaign is a continuation of the #PlanetPartners campaign launched by the University in October 2019, which is highlighting ways the University is working with global partners on projects that benefit the environment.

Follow the campaign and share your examples of work  on Twitter: @UniofReading | Facebook: /theuniversityofreading | Instagram: @uniofreading | LinkedIn: University of Reading | TikTok: @uniofreading using the hashtags #PlanetPartners and #sdgoals

 

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