Sustainability: University of Plymouth
The University is recognised as an innovative leader in higher education for sustainability, across teaching and learning, research and our University operations. We have three main goals:
  • to have a sustainable campus
  • to enable learning about sustainability and to pioneer research solutions to the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges
  • to motivate the next generation of students to go out and tackle the sustainability challenges they'll find in their workplaces.

Our sustainable plans and strategy

View our relevant  sustainability policies, action plans and strategies. This also includes our latest GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) standard sustainability reports.
One action we are proud of is achieving an ambitious target to reach carbon neutrality for all Scope 1 and 2 with selected Scope 3 for the 2021-22 academic year. You can view our carbon footprint for the 2021-2022 academic year which was offset as per PAS 2060 guidelines.

View our Sustainability Report Summary 2022 

Follow our progress to Fairtrade accreditation

The University of Plymouth is dedicated to achieving Fairtrade accreditation. 
This commitment involves advocating for fair prices, improving working conditions, promoting local sustainability, and ensuring fairtrade terms for farmers and workers in our procurement processes and supplier partnerships.
Fairtrade stamp printed on linen sack

Get involved

We have an international reputation for being a leader in the field of sustainability. 
But we want you to be involved!
We have a number of current initiatives and activities for you to join – explore and find out more about how to get involved.
litter picking
Campus sustainability map

Campus sustainability map

We've created a sustainable campus that reduces our impact on the environment, giving you a live sustainability learning experience. This campus trail tells you more about our sustainability activities and the technology that we have on campus, much of it hidden behind the scenes in the building’s structure.
You can take a tour of the campus sustainability features on our interactive sustainability map.

News and events

Meet the team

Discover more

Sustainability is embedded not just in operations across the University but also in our course provision, education methods and research.

Dartmoor expedition

Sustainability courses and programmes
Plymouth offers a range of sustainability themed courses and programmes across many disciplines.

Sustainability education

Sustainability education
Discover how the Centre for Sustainable Futures works to embed sustainability across our faculties.

Aerial view from high altitude of little planet earth with small village houses and distant green cultivated agricultural fields with growing crops on bright summer evening

Sustainability research
Our Sustainable Earth Institute is about advancing research, knowledge and innovation for a more sustainable Earth.