People and Planet University "Green" League

This page has been developed to improve the ease of access to information relating to the 2018 University "Green" League.

Section  Description Signpost
Policy Publicly Available Policy Environmental Sustainability Policy A publicly available Annual Report is published each year to demonstrate progress against the Policy.  This is signed off by the Registrar and Secretary.  A report is also submitted to Council each December, although this is not publicly available.
  Targets and Strategy

Environmental Sustainability Strategy (2015-2020)

Environmental Objectives and Targets 15/20 including revised carbon reduction target.

Community Engagement Plan

Emissions and discharges were last reviewed on June 2017.  This area will be revisited in June 2019.

Human Resources Governance Sustainability is included within the portfolio of the Estates and Environmental Sustainability Dual Assurance Team.  The Registrar is the Executive Lead for this area. Sarah Buck is the Council lead for Environmental Sustainability.
  Environmental sustainability staff Details regarding sustainability contacts can be found on the Key Contacts page.

The University will continue to invest in carbon management. The University has recently updated its carbon management plan and will continue to have a full time Energy Manager and a team consisting of Carbon Data Coordinator, BMS Engineer and BMS Technician. The University will also continue to have a full time sustainable travel officer to ensure that we continue to have a thriving sustainable travel community.

In addition to its maintenance and refurbishment projects, the University currently has a dedicated £250,000 capital expenditure budget for energy efficiency improvements.

  All staff

Sustainability Coordinator Network

Green Exeter is available for all staff.

Auditing & EMS EMS

ISO14001 certification which covers 100% of the Exeter Estate (See ISO14001:2015 Certificate).

Ethical Investment


In April 2018, Council agreed to amend its Investment Policy to fully adopt a best in class integrated environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment policy. This ESG policy will inform all investment decisions for the entire portfolio.

ESG covers:
Environmental: climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, resource depletion, waste and pollution and deforestation
Social: health and safety, working conditions, employee relations, equality and diversity
Governance: executive pay, bribery, board diversity, tax strategy

A limited number of specific exclusions from the investment portfolio have been defined, covering tobacco and entities that extract thermal coal and oil/gas from tar sands.

An investment fund manager is currently being procured to implement the new policy with a view to appointment in December 2018. The University will require its appointed fund manager to engage with companies to help drive their ESG performance up.

The published Investment Policy (December 2016) will be amended in December 2018 to reflect the changes currently being implemented.

  Engagement Opportunity

The institution website advertises live and ongoing opportunities provided by the university for staff, students and other stakeholders to engage with the institution’s investment approach OR the university has uploaded consultation responses or minutes of meeting with student/staff representatives The new ESG approach was developed with considerable student input, along with a web-based survey completed by staff, students and alumni.

A student representative is a member of the investment fund manager selection panel and will be a member of the group that oversees fund manager performance and decision-making, to ensure the University’s ESG policy is being adhered to.

Students from the Ethical Exeter Campaign recently presented to University Council (See Jul 9 post on Facebook).

Carbon Management Carbon Management Plan and targets 

Carbon Management Plan 2010-2020

Carbon Implementation Plan

  Residential No data is available.
Workers Rights Living wage The University pays the living wage and is working towards being a living wage foundation employer. 
  Fairtrade University of Exeter successfully renewed its Fairtrade status in June 2016.
Sustainable Food Sustainable Food Policy 2015 Sustainable Food Policy.

Sustainable Food Framework

There is no food framework in place.


Information can be provided on request, by email.

Marine Stewardship Council

No fish is purchased from the MSC Red List.

Local food

The sustainability food and drink pages provide information regarding local food.

Undergraduate students are provided with information regarding local food on campus.

  Drinking water 

Drinking water is made available in all catering outlets.

The sustainability food and drink pages provide information (see "water" tab).

  Community Food The Exeter Community Garden is located on the Streatham Campus.
Staff & Student Engagement Engagement Strategy There is not a formal staff and student engagement strategy.
  Monitoring of the Carbon Management Plan The Students’ Guild, Students’ Green Unit, Deputy Vice President (DVP) for welfare and DVP Sustainability are members of the Sustainability Vision and Change Catalyst Group and review all policies, strategies and plans prior to approval, this includes the Carbon Management Plan. See Sustainability Vision and Change Catalyst Group Terms of Reference and SVCCG Membership.
  Monitoring of policy and strategy

The Students’ Guild, Students’ Green Unit, Deputy Vice President (DVP) for welfare and DVP Sustainability are members of the Sustainability Vision and Change Catalyst Group and review all policies, strategies and plans prior to approval.

See Sustainability Vision and Change Catalyst Group Terms of Reference.

  Student induction processes There is not presently a formal student induction process.
  Go Green Week The University supported Go Green 2018 through the provision of a Travel Fair, Dr Bike repair sessions, Dr Bike Maintenance Workshops, tree planting, guided bike ride and a stand in "Go Green in the Forum".
  Environmental and ethical/sustainability campaigns

Staff: From 2009 to 2015, the University participated in Green Impact (See Campaign page and news article). In 2016, the Green Exeter scheme was launched to enable all staff to green their work areas.  

Students: The University is participating in the Student Switch Off programme in 2016/17 and the University provides practical opportunities for students to get involved via the Green Consultants programme.  The scheme subsequently won an international award in recognition of the effectiveness of the programme.

  Staff Inductions Sustainable Travel (see welcome tab), waste disposal (see induction checklist) and environmental policy (see documents and policies) are all included within all new staff induction
  Trade Union Amber Baker is the Unite trade Union environment rep at the University of Exeter (see SVCCG Membership).
  Student representation planning and resources.  Student Guild President is a member of University Council.
  Students’ Union continual environmental improvement The Students’ Guild summarises activities on the sustainability pages.
Education Commitment to ESD

The University Strategic Plan (Strategic Plan 2015) outlines education for Sustainability as a priority (see page 27).

The Education Strategy (2020) includes two (of six) sustainability themed graduate attributes i) An engaged and participative leader able to effect change and ii) An active global citizen. Details regarding these specific attributes and examples of case studies can be found on the Graduate Attributes pages.

  Framework / strategy for ESD  There is presently no formal framework.
  Reviewing and reporting on ESD

ESD activity has been mapped against the Student Employability and Academic Success teaching and learning opportunities.  The suite activities have been recognised in the 2017 Green Gown Awards process as the recent application has been shortlisted in the Employability category.

An evaluation of sustainability in the curriculum was completed in 2016.

  Support AND training for academic staff  A quick guide to Education for Sustainability is available for all academic staff.
  Coursework linked to estates  The Green Consultants programme provides students with the opportunity to carry out an environmental on-campus project with the Estates Team or another part of the University (see on-campus projects tab).  Projects have also been completed by Flexible Combined Honours Students.  Examples are available within the student case studies section of the website.
  Support for ESD projects 

The University of Exeter does support and highlight projects. A current example is a Field Studies Council funded PhD by Lewis Winks "Environmental educator for the Field Studies Council in Slapton".

Field Studies Council has recently co-funded a PhD studentship with the University of Exeter: Exploring the role and potential of experiential learning in environmental education for enhancing wellbeing.

Professor Stewart Barr co-supervises an Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Partnerships funded student, Gia Daprano, who is exploring the role of food foraging in urban commons to develop eco-literacy.


Research at the University if mapped by themes. These include Climate Change and Sustainable Futures, Environment and Sustainability, Food Security and Global Uncertainties.

  Access to Education

We offer 3 Sanctuary Scholarships each year which include a full tuition fee waiver. 
The Sanctuary Scholarship includes an annual maintenance grant of £9,500 for taught students, or £14,500 for research students. A recipient who is a research student will also receive an annual research allowance (£up to £5,000 for STEM students and £750 for HASS students).
We offer a partial fee waiver to UG students who are asylum seekers, so that they pay the same rate of fees as a home student
We offer 3 Sanctuary Scholarship each year.