We're leading by example and creating a sustainable campus that reduces our impact on the environment – building a live learning place for staff and students. A sustainable campus incorporates everything that you come into contact with – from the food in the cafes to the lighting in the buildings and the way you get to campus in the morning. 

Our sustainability strategy is led by the Sustainable Advisory Group who meet on a quarterly basis and are a subcommittee of the University Executive Group and review all sustainability policies. The chair of this board is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering who is joined by other senior colleagues across our departments including, but not limited to, Estates and Facilities. 

Students can get involved with this group via their elected UPSU President or Part-time Environment and Sustainability Officer. In 2022 there was the addition of sub-groups to focus on specific topics, such as: academia, biodiversity, carbon, food, procurement and waste.

Sustainability Policies and Action Plans
Sustainability Reports

We release annual sustainable reports, with a biennial report meeting the GRI Framework standard. This covers our progress and achievements within sustainability.

Interim Sustainability Report 2021

Sustainability Report 2020

Interim Sustainability Report 2019

Sustainability Report 2018

Sustainability Report 2016

Sustainability Report 2014

ISO 14001 Certification

In 2009, we successfully gained ISO 14001 accreditation – one of very few higher education institutions to do so at the time. This accreditation is an international standard providing a framework – for organisations of any size – to control and improve environmental performance via an Environmental Management System (EMS). It provides practical tools for us to identify and control environmental impacts and it recognises that we have a systematic approach to environmental management – one that is externally audited. We are externally accredited to ISO 14001 for our Environmental Management System, for the activities on our main campus site, including Cookworthy building, as well as Derriford Research Facility and John Bull building.

ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management certificate 2021-24

Other Relevant Awards, Certificates and Documents

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

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

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


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