Higher Education Funding Council for England


In 2010/11, Birmingham City University created 756 tonnes of waste. Now, they send absolutely nothing to landfill.

ECO by BCU seeks to take this zero-waste philosophy even further by embedding it into students’ lives and homes, through a four-themed project: growing, creating, reusing, and learning.

Birmingham City Students’ Union works in partnership with Edible Eastside in order to install at least three student-led allotments across the campuses, with food being used either within the café itself, or within the institution’s catering services, putting low-carbon produce at the the heart of everyday food choices. And in addition to all this, the café will play host to many educational workshops such as bike maintenance sessions, wellbeing sessions run by our Faculty of Health students, energy saving workshops and promoting aspects of sustainability such as use of public transport between their numerous sites.

Although Birmingham City University is spread across eight campuses, ECO by BCU successfully creates a shared focal point for sustainability efforts across the institution, helping more and more waste be diverted from landfill, and engaging as many students as possible.

Birmingham City Students’ Union