The College is committed to the sustainability of its buildings and the wider environment.

Sustainability and environment

Introduction

The College of Humanities is committed to supporting sustainability at the University. 

We actively promote recycling and re-use schemes to all members of the College so that we reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. Recycling points are located within all of our buildings. You can find your nearest one using the Sustainability website's Campus map

We are always looking for ways to improve our facilities and processes, so if you have any ideas about how we can reduce our impact on the environment, please do let us know.

Sustainable travel

Cycling

The cycling section of the Sustainability website contains links to websites and apps where you can plan your journey before you set off. There are several traffic-free cycle routes on the approach to the University. Use the resources linked to on the website to plan your safest route to campus. 

The University has cycle storage and showers dotted around campus (note that you will need your University ID card to access the showers). You can find the locations of these marked on the Campus map.

If you are thinking of buying a bike, or need to buy cycling accessories, you can find out where to buy them new or second-hand. Bikes are also available to hire from the Brompton rack at Exeter St David's railway station, and at Exeter Quay, where you can hire a bike from Saddles and Paddles with a student discount. 

If you would like to learn to ride a bike, or need to refresh your road safety knowledge, Devon County Council offer a free cycle training and skills course.

Bus

The University works closely with Stagecoach to run regular bus services between the Streatham and St Luke's campuses at a special reduced rate for students. The D bus goes from the Streatham Campus to the City Centre and St Luke's Campus. The H bus goes from Streatham Campus to Duryard and St David's station. Both bus services go through the city centre.

There is also a free minibus service that serves various parts of the Exeter campuses and connects to St. David's Station at certain times of the day. Plan your journey using the resources linked to on the Sustainability website

Walking

Over 82% of University of Exeter students walk to our campuses. It is a great way to keep fit and save money on your travel. Use the maps linked to on the Sustainability website to plan your route. 

Get involved

Are you interested in getting stuck in to sustainability? Students and staff have many opportunities to get involved in schemes that contribute to helping the environment and putting sustainable practices in place for the future. There is a range of volunteering opportunities for you to get involved with.

As well as doing the environment good, getting directly involved in sustainability practices could help you to build your CV, gain extra-curricular skills and enhance your employability. If you would be interested in volunteering, or even organising your own events, have a look at what you can help with. 

There is a list of student societies that offer opportunities to get involved in sustainability. 

College Sustainability Coordinators

Contact your College Sustainability Coordinators (Vicky Hemingway and Claire Turner) for help and advice, or if you have an idea about how we can improve our sustainability in the College. 

Waste and recycling

When disposing of equipment, materials or any waste, it is important to do so safely and responsibly, by following the correct procedure. We all have a duty to ensure that our campus environment is maintained and the wider environment is protected.

In particular, there are regulations covering waste electrical items and electronics (WEEE), which must be disposed of in a sustainable manner, and should not be put into normal waste bins.

The University's disposal procedures have been prepared to ensure that we comply with all relevant waste legislation. They are there to ensure that materials are disposed of in the most environmentally sound and cost-effective manner. For all College-owned equipment and furniture, please contact the College Buildings Administrator in the first instance.

The University's Sustainability website also contains a comprehensive A-Z guide on how to dispose of different items.

Policies

In March 2013, the Vice-Chancellors Executive Group agreed on the University's Environmental Sustainability Policy. This policy outlines our environmental objectives and provides a clear commitment to comply with relevant environmental legislation, regulations and other requirements. The Dual Assurance team reviews our progress against the policy annually.

The College of Humanities works with the University to achieve the objectives set out in this policy, and has built environmental responsibility and sustainability into the College of Humanities Health Safety and Environment Policy.

Conclusion

Find out more about everything green on the University's Sustainability website.