Falmouth Exeter Plus, Falmouth University (Falmouth) and the University of Exeter (UoE) aim to create a healthy, ecologically, economically and socially responsible living and learning environment for all students and staff, whereby the Penryn Campus is recognised both by the Higher Education (HE) Sector and within its local community as a model of best practice in environmental sustainability. We recognise our responsibility towards promoting the principles of one planet living; including minimising our use of non-renewable and/or scarce natural resources, appropriate planning and investment in sustainable practices, the involvement of staff and students, and by providing an education in sustainability relevant to a world threatened by climate change.
Since 2009/10 all new development on the Penryn Campus has been designed to high environmental standards (at least BREEAM Excellent, and in the case of the new Environmental Sustainability Institute BREEAM Outstanding).
The Penryn Environmental Sustainability Action Plan (2012-20) covers 12 key issues:
- Environmental Management and Policy
- Energy and Carbon Management
- Travel and Car Parking
- Waste, Recycling and Water Management
- Environmental Communication/Awareness
- Information technology
- Place making
- Sustainable Food and Events Management
- Penryn as a living laboratory/living studio
Recent sustainability initiatives implemented on campus have included a student led BioBlitz, wildflower planting, retrofitting traditional lights with LED lamps. installing an innovative waste-to-water machine to minimise waste and water usage from the campus catering facilities, participating in the NUS Green Impact Scheme and Student Switch Off Campaign, purchase of electric vehicle for security staff, converting Tremough House and Annex from oil heating to gas, and introducing a £1 a day cycle hire scheme. A few of the projects planned for the 2012/13 academic year include; new recycling bins installed throughout the campus as part of our Waste and Resources Strategy, the roll out of a printer carbon management software programme and printer rationalisation project and the first phase of a computer virtualisation project at both the Penryn and Falmouth campuses.