Staff - Get Involved

Did you know?

The University has a special scheme which allows you to take paid day of volunteering in the Community. This one-day event is known as a Community Challenge. You can incorporate it into team-building exercises as a department or even incorporate multiple departments. For more information visit the Learning and Development pages.

Why not use your Community Challenge day to help out one of the below local charities?

Don't forget to log your volunteering activity through Green Rewards to earn Green Points. You can also use Green Rewards to submit a new activity idea (and earn points for that too!).

Opportunities for staff 

Organisation and ContactActivity

Devon Wildlife Trust



Practical management of nature reserves including hedge-laying, fencing, scrub clearance, coppicing and bracken management. 

Exeter Community Garden



Join the friendly volunteers at Streatham Campus at the award winning Community Garden to join in with a wealth of gardening activities. 

Surfers Against Sewage



Get involved with beach clean activities and help protect our beautiful coastal environment.

A1 Positive Recycling



A wide range of opportunities available, including collections and deliveries for partner charities, coordinators, designing flyers and marketing materials, organising events, creating new designs on our website and managing the warehouse

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV)



Get involved with a variety of projects in practical conservation throughout Devon.

Generation Wild - Penryn


A student-led volunteering project. The project's main goad is to form lnks with local schools and Scout/Guide groups, to get children engaged and inspired about nature and the environment through providing environmental education sessions by running various activities. 

Green Rewards

Log sustainable actions through the Gren Rewards web platform or app and earn 'Green Points' for a chance to win prizes. Click here to find out more. 


Sign up to the ECE Monthly News Brief

Do you have a work-related or personal interest in the environment, sustainability or climate emergency? Sign up to our e-news update focused on our environment and climate emergency. To subscribe, email


Thematic Forums

Interested in getting involved in one of our Thematic Forums, which consider action, initiatives and projects that can tackle the forum-specific challenges associated with the environment and climate emergency? Click here to find out more. 


Go Green/Sustainability Week

Each year, the university and Students' Guild team up with a range of student societies, academics and local community members for sustainability week, typically held in February or March. If you are interested in running a sustainability themed event, talk or activity for Go Green Week, please contact us at


Sign the SDG Accord

The purpose of the SDG Accord is to inspire, celebrate and advance the critical role that education has in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the value it brings to governments, business and wider society. 

Individual students, researchers, academics and operational staff can sign the SDG Accord to make a personal and professional commitment to playing their part in advancing sector performance. 

Click here to find out more.