UPP appoints Jason Clarke as Head of Energy and Environment

Jason Clarke has been appointed ‘Head of Energy and Environment’ by UPP, the UK’s leading provider of on-campus residential accommodation.

As part of the Company’s Asset Management team, Jason will develop and lead on the Company’s energy and environmental sustainability strategies, policies and plans to reduce energy consumption and cut carbon and costs across its portfolio of 36,000 rooms and 15 university partnerships. 

He will work with internal and external stakeholders, including university partners, supply chain partners and shareholders, to coordinate collective action and drive positive change through the delivery of a programme of energy and carbon reduction initiatives.

Jason joins from City University in London where, as Head of Sustainability, he developed the University’s sustainability strategy, policies, and governance structure, focusing on decreasing environmental impacts, saving resources, and engaging with the campus community. He previously held senior energy and environmental roles in the local government and health sectors.  

Mark Swindlehurst, Managing Director of Asset Management at UPP, said: “This new senior appointment is part of our investment in enhancing our capabilities in the energy and environmental sustainability disciplines and will enable us to continue to innovate and enhance our services to university partners and help enhance further the student experience.”

Jason said: “I am very excited to be joining UPP at such an important time. Ensuring environmental sustainability is not only central to our business, but it also cuts across all our roles and activities. I look forward to meeting the teams across the Company and working with them to embed sustainability across everything we do.”

UPP’s long-term commitment to UK Higher Education is mirrored in its approach to the environment and sustainability. Since being founded in 1998, the Company’s business model has been purposefully designed to help universities make more effective and efficient use of their estates, which in turn has enabled them to be more sustainable over the long term.

As long ago as 2010, UPP delivered the first ‘Passivhaus’ certification for low energy buildings in the UK student accommodation and higher education sector, through the construction of new eco-friendly residences at Leeds Beckett University’s Carnegie Village.