"We aim to carry out research and scholarship of enduring quality and impact, addressing the most significant challenges facing humanity such as climate change, sustainability and global health."
University of Exeter’s Strategic Plan 2015

Sustainability links

Built Environment

BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings.

National Green Specification for sustainable construction. The NGS writes and distribute ready-made specification clauses for sustainable building products available in the UK; collates and distributes product information; collates and distributes information relating to sustainable design; and provides a forum for architects/specifiers

Energy and Water

Carbon Trust - The Carbon Trust is developing and implementing programmes that will accelerate the take-up of low carbon technologies. This site provides details of the Trusts' current and future programmes.

CIWEM - The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is the leading professional and examining body for scientists, engineers, other environmental professionals, students and those committed to the sustainable management and development of water and the environment.

Energy Saving Trust - A non-profit organisation that provides free impartial advice to help save money and fight climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions from homes.

Energy Office - the site provides information on how to save energy in offices on a daily basis without having to spend (much) money.

OFWAT: Office of Water Services The economic regulator for the water industry in England and Wales.

The Renewable Energy Centre - Information about home energy saving and alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power.

Water Information System for Europe (WISE) - Information on European Water Policy

Water UK - working on behalf of the water industry for a sustainable future

Environmental Legislation

Her Majesty's Stationery Office - Delivers a wide range of services to the public, information industry and government relating to access and re-use of government information. Publishes legislation online.

Netregs - Plain language guidance for businesses on environmental legislation, and how to comply with it.

General Sustainability Links

DEFRA - Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

EAUC (Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges) - with a membership of over 260 universities and colleges, the EAUC is the environmental and sustainability champion within Further and Higher Education in the UK.

ENDS Environmental Data Service - Environmental Information for Professionals.

Environment Agency - the leading public body responsible for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales.

Higher Education Environmental Performance Improvement (HEEPI) - Project to improve environmental performance within Higher Education primarily through environmental benchmarking

People and Planet - UK student action on world poverty, human rights and the environment

The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) - A not-for-profit organisation established to promote best practice standards in environmental management, auditing and assessment

Universities That Count - Universities that Count is a corporate responsibility benchmarking and reporting programme specifically for the Higher Education sector.


Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium - SUPC is the largest of the six regional higher education purchasing consortia that operate throughout the UK. Their mission is to ensure that maximum competitive advantage is taken of the aggregated spend of members.

Waste and recycling

Envolve - A registered charity that works with schools, community groups, youth groups, businesses and individuals on projects that touch people's lives as well as benefiting the environment

Eastex Material Exchange- Provides a free service which allows you to exchange and circulate items rather than committing them to landfill.

Rethink Rubbish - gives the low-down on the growing problem of household rubbish in the UK and some quick and easy steps to help solve the problem.

Waste Connect - The UK recycling database. Find your local recycling facilities

Recycle Now - A site explaining what can and can't be recycled at specific locations around the country.

Waste Watch - national organisation promoting and encouraging action on the 3Rs - waste reduction, reuse and recycling.

WRAP - WRAP helps individuals, businesses and local authorities to reduce waste and recycle more, making better use of resources and helping to tackle climate change.