CobBauge Building earns sustainable construction award
Third-party verification of the University to PAS 2060 Carbon Neutral standard.
- Pollenize and Coronation Bioblitzes.
- Joint 4th in the Planetary Health Report Card for the Peninsula Medical School.
- Two Climate Fresk events undertaken during March's
Introduction of Beryl Bikes after successful pilot.
- Inaugural Biodiversity Photography Competition hosted with UPSU.
Opening of CobBauge.
Finalist of Green Gowns for CobBauge and Highly Commended for Dentistry University of Plymouth.
Named among the top 5% of global universities in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022.
Created first UK charging network for electric maritime vessels.
Supporting of the UK’s most specialised Blue Economy Ocean Accelerator.
“Get Involved Awards” created.
Involvement with £1.37 million project to promote green growth and investment in North Devon.
- Introduction of electric fleet vehicles within Facilities and Faculties and six new EV chargers.
Refreshed Energy and Water, Waste and Biodiversity policies with SMART targets.
- Purchase of offsets ahead of PAS 2060 verification process.
- TIS power management implementation within Smeaton and Library.
Pilot of Beryl Bikes.
Carbon Literacy pilot.
- Creation of sub working groups within Sustainability Advisory Group to address specific topics.
Introduction of Warp It and UniGreenScheme.
- Installation of Rolle PV in January 2022.
Net Zero Mural created on the Sustainability Hubas part of the Net Zero Visions network across Devon.
Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Science maintains Athena Swan Silver Award.
Catering achieve Three Star Standard from Sustainable Restaurant Association for 6th consecutive year.
- Achieved Green Flag Award for 8th consecutive year.
- Successful certification to the ISO 14001 standard for the 13th consecutive year.
Reservoir Cafeaccredited with the Vegetarian Society 6th year running.
- 6th in the Planetary Health Report Card for the Peninsula Medical School
Supported COP26 in Glasgowincluding promoting sustainable travel at the event.
- Highly commended by Green Gown in the campus health food and drink category.
One of the top 25 institutions globally in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022 in addition to being 1st globally in relation to SDG 14 and top 20 Universities for SDG 2.
Highest ever position in QS World University Ranking 2022.
Affiliated to Electronics Watch.
- Ranked 9th in the UK in the
People and Planet University League.
- REGOs applied from August ahead of the new academic year removing scope 2 carbon emissions.
Shortlisted for three Green Gown awards.
Supported Torbay and South Devon Foundation NHS Trust to help keep hospitals COVID-free.
Opening of the Container Café.
Low Carbon Devon established through the European Regional Development Fund.
School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics achieve Athena SWAN Bronze Award.
- Joint 15th in People and Planet.
Declared a climate emergency.
Sustainability Hub (Kirkby Lodge) refurbished to SKA Gold Standard.
- Joint 14th in People and Planet.
- Awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for world-leading microplastics work.
First engaged with the Devon Carbon Plan.
Five further schools achieved Athena SWAN Bronze Award.
Derriford Research Facility opened and built to BREEAM Excellent.
- The University is a Guardian University Award winner in the Sustainability category.
- The University
commits to reduction of single use plasticsand signs up to three national campaigns: the WRAP UK Plastics Pact, Plymouth City Councils Plan for Plastics and the Surfers Against Sewerage Plastic Free Waterfront Status.
- The Plymouth Law Clinic – a student run legal service – is a LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Award winner for the Best Contribution by a Law School.
Academic named Sustainability Champion by Green Gown for their work in creation of environment-themed degrees in building and construction.
- Fairtrade accreditation renewed.
- University of Plymouth joined the Sustainable Development Goals Accord.
- University catering have been shortlisted for “Supporting Global Farmers” and “Food made good champion” in the Food Made Good Awards 2017.
- Drake’s Place Gardens and Reservoir receive Green Flag award for third year running.
- University of Plymouth Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry is an Athena Swan Silver award winner.
- Fifth Green Gown Award for Sustainability Reporting for our 2016 Sustainability Report.
- Won the Sustainability Reporting in the Public Sector category at the Building Public Trust in Corporate Reporting Awards (organised by PwC and the National Audit Office).
- University of the Year at the Food Made Good Awards.
- Sustainable Restaurant Association 3 stars reaccredited.
- Named in top 50 UK employers by Bloomberg.
- First in the People & Planet Green League.
- Re-accreditation of the EMS to ISO14001 for a further three years.
- Drake’s Place Gardens and Reservoir wins Green Flag.
- Drake’s Place is shortlisted for the Green Gown Award.
- Fairtrade accreditation status renewed.
- Renewed Food for Life Catering Mark: John Bull and hospitality menus gained Bronze and Drakes, Loafers and Reservoir Café won Silver.
- University creates apiary and sites two bee hives.
- Sustainable Restaurant Association Three Star standard renewed.
- Sustainable Earth Institute is launched.
- Zero waste to landfill delivered.
- The Guardian Awards 2015 winner for Social and Community Impact.
- NUS Responsible Futures Award in recognition of the excellent quality of Sustainability Education.
- Drake's Place wins two Abercrombie Awards including the coveted People of Plymouth Award.
- Launch of revised and updated Sustainability Strategy.
- Special commendation from People & Planet Green League for retaining 'highest performer’ place since its inception in 2007.
- UPSU was awarded Excellent in the national Green Impact Scheme.
- Won the prestigious Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
- First university to be awarded Three Star standard from the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
- Bronze award for Food for Life Catering Mark from the Soil Association.
- Three Green Gown Award wins for: Food and Drink, Enterprise and Courses and Learning categories.
- The House, the University’s own performing arts centre is opened, built to BREEAM Excellent standard.
- Renewed Athena Swan Bronze Award.
- UPSU won a Gold Award in the national Green Impact scheme.
- Won Silver Award in the national sustainability performance index: Learning in Future Environments (LifE).
- Sustainability featured as one of the University’s four key ambitions in the Strategy 2020, echoed in the Teaching and Learning and Student Experience strategy.
- Shortlisted at the Times Higher Education Awards for outstanding contribution to sustainable development.
- Ranked second in People and Planet.
- Seventh in International Green Metric.
- Won a Good Egg Award.
- The Institute for Sustainability Solutions Research (ISSR) was established to promote the sustainability research agenda, linking 300 academics across the University.
- Plymouth was ranked fifth for overall sustainability performance by the international Green Metric World University Ranking, judged against 215 international entrants.
- First university to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark.
- Food for Life Bronze certification.
- Ranked second People and Planet.
- Won the Green Gown Award for Whole Institutional Change – Continuous Improvement.
- Published the first Sustainability Report.
- Won the Green Tourism Gold Award.
- Ranked forth in the People & Planet Green League.
- The Sustainability Executive Group was formed – reporting to VCE – bringing together the tri-cameral structure: operations, research and teaching and learning.
- CSF was re-established as part of the Teaching and Learning Directorate after HEFCE funding expired – to champion sustainability in teaching and learning.
- Ranked first in the People & Planet Green League.
- Gained Fairtrade University status.
- Achieved ISO 14001 accreditation for our Environmental Management System.
- Won Silver in the Corporate Responsibility Index from Business in the Community.
- The cross-institutional Sustainability Advisory Group was formed.
- Ranked sixth in the People and Planet Green League.
- Our first Sustainability Strategy was approved.
- Ranked second in the then newly launched People & Planet Green League of UK universities.
- Won funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to set up a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).
- Named the Centre for Sustainable Futures (CSF), the Centre's aim was to transform the University from an institution characterised by significant areas of excellence in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), to an institution modelling university-wide excellence – able to make a major contribution to ESD regionally, nationally and internationally.