A greener campus

We follow and promote the principles of one planet living;
  • minimising our use of non-renewable and scarce natural resources,
  • planning, investing and involving our staff, students and communities in sustainable practices, and
  • providing an education in sustainability relevant to a world threatened by climate change.
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Reuse, recycle and clean windows!

11 July 2018

One of our Cleaning Team, Rob Eddy, is reusing and recycling in an innovative way to keep the hundreds of windows at Penryn Campus sparkling.

Rob, FX Plus Cleaning Team Service and Repair Technician, spotted a disused electric buggy that was no longer working. He rebuilt it - including replacing the battery and tyres, fixing the electrics and gearbox and giving it a new coat of paint – and it's now a familiar sight around campus. 

To add to his work Rob also customised the buggy, kitting it out with window washing equipment and uses gallons of distilled water from University of Exeter laboratories that would otherwise be thrown away. 

"Because the water is distilled it doesn't leave any marks or smears on the windows," explained Rob. 

Tony Sanders, FX Plus Managing Director, said: "Rob has been really inventive. What he has done not only chimes well with our aims for supporting sustainability on all our campuses but also contributes towards excellent service to our universities and students by offering a resource-saving approach to high quality window cleaning."