University of Exeter
Falmouth University College


Sustainability is a main priority for us and a theme that cuts through our strategies and day to day work across campuses. We are committed to supporting Falmouth University and the University of Exeter in their declarations of a Climate Emergency and will be looking to underpin their strategies with our work.

Our key sustainability themes are energy, waste, transport, biodiversity and food and drink. Projects include removing all plastic straws and reducing disposable hot drinks cup sales to ambitious energy and procurement initiatives.

You can help us make our campuses more sustainable. For instance, by making sure the correct recycling goes in the correct bin reduces the amount of waste sent to the incinerator (waste for energy). Click here for some tips to help you be more sustainable on our campuses.

Here are just some examples of our work so far:

Products that are made in-house at our catering outlets are in biodegradable or compostable packaging. Disposable cutlery is now made from corn starch or birchwood and metal cutlery is on offer as an eat-in option. We are looking at on-campus composting methods as these are not currently offered commercially by waste companies in Cornwall.

We’re reducing the sale of disposable hot drinks cups by charging a tariff for them. To help reduce this even more, we offered free, reusable hot drinks cups to 1,000 freshers in September. 

The Stannary is now allowing you to use your own takeaway food containers. There is a 20p charge to use Stannary takeaway containers.

New vending machines will stock cans only (rather than plastic bottles) and there is also a new reusable pint glass scheme (£1 deposit) at all gigs/student events.

We are working with suppliers to reduce packaging waste. For instance, Westcountry Fruit Sales now collects its mushroom crates and other packaging to reuse.

As of November 2019, 74% of our catering and shop suppliers are local (Devon and Cornwall) - reducing food miles.

Since 2006, we have reduced Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by approximately 40% by installing technologies including LED lighting, photovoltaics and combined heat and power systems.

There is always more we can do so, if you have any suggestions, please email

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03 December 2019


Hundreds of trees have been planted at Penryn Campus as part of the Woodland Trust’s Big Climate Fightback.