- Leadership and vision
- Incorporation of sustainability into teaching and research across all disciplines
- The fostering of interdisciplinary teaching and research
- Recognition of and action around the ecological footprint of the institution
- Engagement in community outreach that enhances environmental sustainability.
The University of Plymouth has driven sustainability through its activities over at least 20 years, supported particularly by strong subject knowledge in environmental and marine sciences. Sustainability and climate action is embedded in the institutional strategy and each of our supporting strategic plans. The University has reported on progress using the Global Reporting Initiative standards tool since 2014 and year-on-year investment to reduce carbon emissions has resulted in net zero scope 1 and 2 being declared in 2022; only the second UK institution to do so.
Judith Petts CBE
Sustainability decision-making can be complex and challenging. Actions must be prioritised, and comprehensive data and information are important to inform robust decisions. Leadership from the top embedding institutional vision and strategic priorities to drive change is essential. Commitment across UK universities is evident, practice is strong and often globally leading, however, there is of course more to do to achieve longer-term, sustainable transformation.