The Sustainability Hub

Welcome to the Sustainability Hub

A place for people to come together in a collaborative space for sustainability research, education and partnership working.

Home to the Sustainable Earth Institute and Centre for Sustainable Futures, the Sustainability Hub welcomes students, staff, and partners to host group work, meetings, workshops and events.

The Hub supports the ongoing work of the University as leaders in sustainability across teaching and learning, research, and operations.

Find us on the map at Kirkby Lodge

Register your interest

To register your interest in being able to use the space for sustainability research, education, or external partner activities please contact

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus outbreak all planned events are cancelled with immediate effect until 30 June 2020. We’re keeping this under constant review and apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please feel free to contact us with expressions of interest for future events.

Using the Sustainability Hub

Sustainability Hub: Forum

Located on the ground floor, the forum is designed to encourage participation and engagement through conversation and collaboration, rather than traditional lecture theatre layouts. It is an open plan, flexible space ideal for larger group work, informal meetings, staff training, community workshops or smaller events. Natural light floods this space through bi-folding doors, which can be opened for extra ventilation during warmer months. The forum features 86 and 55 inch TV screens, a lectern, and integrated speakers. A kitchen and an internal green wall are also situated in this area. 

Capacity: 40 seated, 60 standing

Sustainability Hub: Communications Room

A specially designed boardroom style meeting room equipped with a range of video and web conferencing facilities that will allow our researchers to collaborate more effectively, locally, nationally and internationally, with external partners. Its uses include teleconferencing, media interviews, webinar filming and broadcasting, as well as face-to-face meetings. 

Capacity: 12 seated

Sustainability Hub: Collaboration Corner

A friendly, informal space for small group work and discussions. This area benefits from natural light with south facing widows and is located next to an open plan kitchen on the first floor.

Capacity: 8 seated

Sustainability Hub: Meeting Room 003

A private meeting room, including a table, chairs, and a phone. This space is available to book for small meetings or phone conferences.

Capacity: 4 seated

<p>Sustainability Hub - lounge</p>
<p>Sustainability Hub snug</p>

Refurbished to the highest environmental standards

  • @ Going for gold! Aiming for a gold SKA rating, an environmental assessment tool for sustainable fit-out
  • @ 80 square meters of green wall with over 90 plants per square meter
  • @ 4 kilowatt photovoltaics
  • @ Reception digital energy display
  • @ Naturally ventilated and passive design
  • @ FSC certified sustainable timber cladding
  • @ Energy efficient LED lighting
  • @ Responsible sourcing for materials with a focus primarily on reuse
  • @ Maximising natural light
  • @ Low flush WCs
<p>Kirkby Lodge before the refurbishment</p>
Kirkby Lodge before the refurbishment

During the refurbishment of Kirkby Lodge

<p>During the refurbishment of Kirkby Lodge</p>

During the refurbishment of Kirkby Lodge


During the refurbishment of Kirkby Lodge<br></p>
<p>Kirkby Lodge during refurbishment</p>
Kirkby Lodge during the refurbishement

Kirkby Lodge during refurbishment

<p>During refurbishment of Kirkby Lodge</p>
<p>Kirkby Lodge refurbishment images</p>

Kirkby Lodge during refurbishment

<p>Sustainability Hub - view of forum</p>
Kirkby Lodge after the refurbishment
<p>Sustainability Hub - entrance</p>
<p>Sustainability Hub Collaboration Corner</p>
<p>Sustainability Hub - lounge</p>
<p>Sustainability Hub exterior</p>

How Devon organisations can be part of Low Carbon Devon?

The Sustainability Hub is an integral part of the Sustainability Hub: Low Carbon Devon project, which will provide an exciting new catalyst for low-carbon economic growth in Devon. Supported by an investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the £2.6m programme, finishing in 2023, will support Devon-based organisations to access research, business support, and engage with the University of Plymouth around the low-carbon agenda.

If you are interested in getting involved with the Sustainability Hub: Low Carbon Devon project, please fill out the expression of interest questionnaire. 


European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

The University of Plymouth is proud to be supported by the European Regional Development Fund. As one stream of funding under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme 2014–2020, the ERDF focuses on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

The main priorities involve contributions to research and innovation, supporting and promoting small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), and the creation of a low carbon economy.