Green Agenda

Green Agenda

Harrogate College is committed to sustainability and providing for a greener, fairer future.

Our district is leading the way in becoming Carbon Neutral and Negative. Harrogate Council has pledged to have a net zero carbon economy by 2038, North Yorkshire County council have pledged for 2030. The district hosts pioneering industries in renewables, housing, heating and more. Harrogate College sits within this district to serve its community, and provide the skills needed for the future of sustainable jobs.

Harrogate College prioritises its Green Agenda, and has set one of its strategic priorities to be a Net Zero Carbon College. The college’s values are Inclusive, Nurturing and Progressive

There are multiple avenues of work going on behind the scenes to change the colleges physical, cultural and behavioural strands to be more green and sustainable.

Here is our work to date, which will be updated regularly:

Climate Road Map

Harrogate College is now self-assessed to be rated Established on the Climate Road Map

National Union of Students (NUS)

We have been ranked by the National Union of Students (NUS) and Students organising for Sustainability (SOS) in their Carbon Targets as a “leading” educational institution.

Sustainable Travel

We were recently awarded a Sustainable Travel award for our commitment and action as a college to travel sustainably. Read more about this here.

Find out more about our Travel Guide here.

We are members of: Harrogate Climate Commission, Harrogate District Climate Action Network, United Nations Association Harrogate. We regularly attend events with Zero Carbon Harrogate, and support other local environmental groups.

We have our own Sustainability Committee to examine our practices and future plans from a sustainability perspective.

In November, we were partners for Circular Yorkshire month and we launched our own discount scheme to support local and independent businesses.

The college is now working collaboratively with Harrogate Borough Council and Harrogate Climate Coalition to organise the Climate Action Festival in October – watch this space!

Upcoming Events:

  • Tree and flower planting 
  • Green Pledges; our SU leader is going to assist
  • A Green Team
  • Eco-brick building
  • Climate Cafes

Finally, we have applications pending to change our buildings to make them low carbon.

Email to find out more.


Harrogate College

Hornbeam Park Ave, Harrogate HG2 8QT United Kingdom

Tel: 0113 386 1997