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Changing our culture

Changing our culture is an important part of our journey to net zero and we are always looking for ways to engage our staff and students so they feel empowered to take steps to reduce their carbon footprint. We offer an environment and climate emergency induction to all staff, with a module on understanding our carbon and environmental footprint.

Our Green Rewards scheme, where you earn points and prizes for sustainability actions via a digital app, has been running since 2020 and recorded 100,000 sustainable actions in November 2022.

The annual Green Futures Student Solutions scheme actively looks to fund innovative, student-led projects that demonstrate environmental protection and carbon reduction for initiatives that are seen as a high priority for students.

The Societies Sustainability Alliance (SSA) is a group of over 26 societies from the Guild and the Students Union that are working with the Sustainability team to respond to the global climate emergency.

We have Sustainability Advocates who represent their faculty/department or campus on a particular theme to support the delivery of our sustainability commitments including our net-zero and nature positive goals. They mobilise their Climate Environment Action Plans and attend regular Advocate Climate Taskforce (ACT) meetings, led by the Provost and Senior Academics to progress challenging and transformational change agenda items.

The sustainability team on Penryn Campus run a variety of events to engage staff and students and encourage sustainable habits, from conservation volunteering with the grounds team to bike information and repairs stations.