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Accreditation from the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

Awards and achievements 2016/17

  • Participants from the University finished 1st in the 'National Cycle Challenge', a competition designed to encourage people to cycle.
  • The University was awarded a Silver Gilt Medal in the RHS Britain in Bloom national awards in recognition of its stunning public spaces.
  • The University received a First Class Award in the People and Planet University "Green" League, finishing in position 16 out of 150 participating Universities in the U.K.

Previous years

  • The University embarked upon the Diamond Waterways project, restoring some of the stunning waterways and water features that the University boasts in recognition of our Diamond Jubilee year
  • Streatham and St Luke's Campuses were both re-accredited with the Green Flag Award in 2016 in recognition of their open spaces This is the 4th year in a row that the St Luke's campus has received the award and the 6th consecutive year that the Streatham campus has been recognised by Green Flag 
  • The University continues to be successful in ensuring that none of our waste is sent to landfill
  • The Exeter Community Garden received an 'Outstanding' award in the 'Local Neighbourhood Category' of the 2016 RHS Britain in Bloom national awards 
  • The University met and surpassed the goals set out by the Fairtrade policy, ensuring that our Fairtrade status is renewed
  • The University has been recertified with its ISO14001 accreditation.
  • The University has received a 2-star accreditation by the Sustainable Restaurant Association, ahead of its 2020 target. The University will aim to achieve the maximum 3-star accreditation by 2020
  • The University received a Green Gown Award 2014 in Construction and Refurbishment in recognition for the refurbishment of Cornwall House
  • Jon Cresswell (Assistant College Manager (Infrastructure and Technical Services)) CEMPS was a finalist in the Green Gown Awards 2014 Sustainability Champion category 
  • The UPP Birks Grange Green Impact team were awarded the National Excellence award by the National Union of Students (NUS) for their food waste collections project 
  • The University was 'Highly Commended' in the Sustainability in Education Award category in the 2015 Footprint Awards for its management of food waste in Campus outlets
  • Streatham and St Luke's campuses receive Green Flag awards. It is the 3rd consecutive award for St Luke's and the 5th consecutive award for the Streatham campus
  • The University received a renewal of its Fairtrade status
  • 31 teams took part in the Green Impact scheme. 1399 'greening' actions were undertaken throughout the year and 5 participating teams received excellence awards
  • The University was recertified with its ISO14001 accreditation
  • The Green Consultants scheme won the Taylor Woodrow Vinci Award for its strength in building links between education and industry
  • The number of parked cycles increased from 890 in 13/14 to 983 in 14/15, representing an increase of 10%
  • 637 tonnes of waste was diverted from landfill. Overall, 97% of the waste produced by the University was diverted from landfill in 2014/15
  • University receives First Class Award for the 6th year running in the People and Planet 2013 Green League
  • University receives Good Egg Award for its policy to use only free-range eggs across campus
  • University's Fair-trade status renewed until 2015
  • Silver award for Best Fairtrade Retailer in the South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2013
  • University gains funding from NUS and HEFCE to create the Students' Green Unit
  • University gains Carbon Trust Standard Certification for 2012-2014
  • Streatham and St Luke's Campus gain Green Flag Award for 2013
  • Holland Hall, Birks Grange, Exeter Halls and La Touche Café awarded a Bronze Food for Life Catering Mark from the Soil Association
  • There was a 113% increase in the number of parked cycles recorded across the Exeter campuses, peaking in Term 1 of 2014 with over 890 cycles
  • Patronage on the University-subsidised D bus service continued to grow, with 159,600 passenger journeys originating at the Exeter campuses in 2013-14. This represents a 29% increase in patronage on the service since 2009
  • There was an 83% increase in membership on the University’s private Car Share Scheme website from 2013-2014, which currently stands at 530 members
  • 28 teams from across the University receive Green Impact Awards 
  • The University's Forum building gains a Green Apple Award celebrating Built Environment and Architectural Heritage
  • The Environmental and Sustainability Institute gains Eco Project Of The Year Award at the Michelmores Western Morning News Property Awards 2013
  • First class award for the 5th year running in the People and Planet 2012 Green League
  • Norrie Blackeby Shortlisted for Sustainability Champion Green Gown Award
  • The Students’ Guild become the first students union in the country to gain ISO14001 Environmental Management accreditation
  • The Student ReUse Project has diverted an estimated total of 6.34 tonnes of items from landfill during 2012-13
  • As part of the Student ReUse Project, local charity Exeter Foodbank benefitted from over 110kg of donated food during 2012-13, bringing the all-time total to 357.6kg through the life of the partnership. View the Certificate
  • First class award for the 4th year running in the People and Planet 2012 Green League
  • Achieved ISO14001 for Campus Services
  • University has endorsed the Declaration for Higher Education Sustainability Initiative for Rio +20
  • University is one of four Higher Education institutions to be awarded £1 million funding from HEFCE’s Revolving Green Fund (RGF)
  • Students’ Guild achieved Gold in the NUS Green Impact Awards 2012
  • The University of Exeter came 12th in the HE Sector and in the top 10% of the 2,100 participants in the first annual Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) League table has been published by the Environment Agency
  • Biomass Boiler installed to heat University greenhouses
  • University of Exeter Business School claimed a first in the sector with its commitment to become completely carbon neutral
  • Food waste composting system introduced to divert a proportion of kitchen waste from landfill 
  • University’s Biodiversity Enhancement Plan 2010-2015 and Biodiversity Monitoring and Community Engagement Plan were launched
  • The University hosted the first TEDxExeter one day conference “Sustainability and our Interconnected World”
  • Business School who were awarded an EAUC Green Gown Courses award for their One Planet MBA
  • One of only four Universities to receive the prestigious Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces
  • University of Exeter has been ranked 22nd out of 137 UK Universities in the People and Planet Green League and has a received a ‘First class award for environmental performance’ for the third year running
  • Exeter’s Students’ Guild gained a Silver Standard in the 2011 NUS Green Impact awards
  • Sustainability Strategy 2010 - 2015 was published
  • First online Annual Sustainability Report published
  • The University was Shortlisted for the “Most Sustainable Public Sector Organisation in Education” under the new Public Sector Sustainability Awards
  • Investment of £20,000 in new recycling facilities as part of the national Recycle Zone project
  • Alumnus Nick Baker launched the University’s first Bioblitz as part of the Birds and Bees campaign
  • Sustainability Manager highly commended in ACT Travel Planner of the Year Awards
  • Partnership developed with Devon County Council and Stagecoach to improve University services
  • Full time Travel Plan Coordinator appointed
  • Achieved Phase 3 of the Acorn Environmental Management System for Campus Services

2009/10

  • First class award for environmental performance in People and Planet 2010 Green League
  • Carbon dioxide emissions reduced by 2%, representing a 15% reduction since 2005/06
  • Shortlisted for Green Gown Award (Carbon Management)
  • Recognised in Universities that Count (ESR Index) as having outstanding achievement in the climate change impact area
  • Achieved Phase 1 of the Acorn Environmental Management System for Campus Services
  • 2009 Travel to Work survey showed more staff travel to work using sustainable means, only 39% now travel to work alone in a vehicle
  • Increased the amount of waste recycled to 30%
  • Awarded Gold Better by Bike Award
  • Worked in collaboration with Cycle Exeter to invest over £80,000 (£50,000 provided by Cycle Exeter) in new high quality cycle parking facilities
  • Over £100K invested in new high quality cycle parking facilities, with part funding and best practice guidance provided by Cycle Exeter
  • University awarded grant to develop strategic sustainability education project
  • SUSTAIN:ability Enhanced Modularity scheme launched
  • One to 20 Universities to successfully participate in the national Degrees Cooler programme
  • Students’ Guild gained Silver Standard in 2010 Sound Impact award

2008/09

  • Awarded Carbon Trust Standard (one of first 10 Universities to achieve this)
  • Carbon dioxide emissions reduced by 6% compared to the previous year
  • First Class for Environmental Performance - moved 52 places in People and Planet 2009 Green League to number 14, of 126 (since 2007)
  • Shortlisted for Times Higher Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development
  • Won Valpak Award (Student Reuse Project)

2007/08

The Innovation Centre project received the Building of the Year Award at the Forum of the Built Environment (FBE) Awards for the Devon and Cornwall region

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