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Matt Jessop

The Environment and Sustainability Institute, hosting schoolchildren from Cornwall on the day of its opening.

About us

The University of Exeter's Environment and Sustainability Institute leads cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research into solutions to problems of environmental change; in so doing we are enhancing people's lives by improving their relationships with the environment.

Unlike many research institutes around the world, the ESI is not a virtual entity. Physically located on the University’s Penryn Campus, near Falmouth, the research centre brings together state-of-the-art resources with leading academics and researchers in a brand new BREEAM Outstanding* rated building. 

The ESI builds on the University's established research strengths. Alongside this we are working with businesses in Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and beyond to translate research and expertise into innovative business practices, products and services.

The ESI has been enabled by a £30 million investment from the EU European Regional Development Fund (£22.9m) and the South West Regional Development Agency (£6.6m).

The ESI is headed by inaugural Director and award-winning ecologist Professor Kevin J Gaston.

Visit our new Resources page to download ESI publications and to join us online.

* BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. ‘Outstanding’ is the highest classification.

The Children of Cornwall open the Institute

Over 120 Yr. 10 and 10 Yr. 5 students from schools across Cornwall joined researchers from the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute on Tuesday 23 April, 2013, for a series of interactive workshops exploring solutions to problems of environmental change. A group of 10 Yr. 5 pupils from Penryn Junior School then formally opened the institute on behalf of the Children of Cornwall.