Plymouth Campus Sustainability Trail

We're creating 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.

For those with smart phones - download the Mobile with University of Plymouth app from your app store.

Once installed, login, select maps and locations and then select Main Campus, you should see a link to ‘sustainability tour’.

For those that don't have a smart phone, or are unable to download the app, you can follow the campus tour here:

Nancy Astor Building

Solar thermal hot water uses heat from the sun to generate hot water (Portland Square, Smeaton and Marine Buildings).

Scott Building

Voltage optimisation uses a transformer to control the reduction in voltages to reduce energy use and power demand (Babbage, Brunel, Nancy Astor, Library and Cookworthy, the House).

Babbage Building

LED lighting and motion sensors - 11w LEDs are replacing 60W bulbs saving five times as much energy, and daylight controls or motion sensors are used to control when lighting comes on (across campus).

Roland Levinsky Building

Rainwater harvesting - rainwater is collected from the roof in large tanks and used for flushing toilets (Nancy Astor, The House, Marine).

Portland Square

Passive ventilation – the building is designed to ventilate naturally using convection currents with the large atrium in the building allowing hot air to rise and pull fresh air in (The House).

Rolle building

Solar shading in the form of louvers reduces heat gain from the sun, reducing the cooling requirements in the building (Babbage).

Davy Building

Combined Heat and Power – the CHP plant provides heat to 50% of the campus and integrates the generation of usable heat and power in one efficient process, making it 30% more efficient than a traditional gas boiler.

Smeaton Building

Inverter Controls - Installed on all electric motors on campus, they give a soft start and stop and variable speed control to allow motors to be operated at optimum performance.

Marine Building

Low loss transformers are more efficient than traditional transformers by reducing voltage supply and losses which reduces energy use.

Drakes Place Reservoir & Gardens

Gardens and reservoir for your enjoyment, refurbished with a £1.4 million restoration project to provide a community gardens, the reservoir is rainwater filled and the planting encourages insect and animal life.

Physic Gardens

The home of a gardening group Plymouth Growing Futures for staff, students and the community to meet weekly to grow food and plants on campus.

Kirkby Lodge

The home of CSF and ISSR who are responsible for education for sustainable development and coordinating sustainability research.

Reservoir Café 

One of the many sustainable, award winning cafes on campus. Pop in for a Fairtrade coffee and some local, sustainable, fresh food.