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The University of Plymouth is continuing to play a world-leading role in sustainability research, education and practices.

Its biennial Sustainability Report features details of national and regional award successes as well as efforts taken on its campus to reduce emissions and promote energy-saving initiatives.

It also includes ways in which the University has contributed to national and international thinking and policy on sustainability issues, along with details of new partnerships and collaborations established since the last report in 2016.

The report, prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards, provides a review of sustainability performance from August 2016 to July 2018 and outlines how the University is meeting the commitments made in its Sustainability Plan.

Among the successes highlighted in the report are:

Writing in the report Professor Judith Petts CBE, Vice-Chancellor of the University, said:

“Sustainability is at the heart of the University’s refreshed strategy. And we continue to be recognised as leaders and innovators in higher education for our approach to this, across teaching and learning, research, and our operations. This was again demonstrated when we received the Guardian University Award for Sustainability in 2018 for NurSusTOOLKIT, and that we are now making this teaching resource freely available to educators across Europe is testament to the way we seek to inspire others to become beacons for change.”

Dr Samantha Davies, Environmental and Sustainability Manager, added:

“This report demonstrates the positive changes we have made on our campus, reducing our current and future impacts on the environment. But it also shows how our innovation and research is having positive effects in the local community and globally. That will always form a major part of our objectives, as will encouraging our students and staff to include sustainable practices in both their professional and personal lives.”

University of Plymouth Sustainability Report 2020

Read the 2020 Sustainability Report to find out more about how we are doing against our sustainability commitments.

Download the full report in PDF format

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