Welcome to our Sustainability webpage! Here at City College Plymouth, we are committed to reducing our environmental impact and promoting sustainable practices both on campus and in our wider community.
SUSTAINABILITY AT CITY COLLEGE
Our Sustainability Mission
Our mission is to promote and integrate sustainable practices in every aspect of our college. We aim to reduce our carbon footprint, promote the use of renewable energy, minimize waste and consumption, and support environmental education and outreach. The College signed the SDG Accord this year, aligning to the Sustainable Development Goals, committing to annual reporting to the UN.
Responsible Futures is a whole-institution supported change programme and accreditation mark to embed sustainability across all aspects of student learning. We’ve recently introduced their externally-assessed accreditation mark where students audit our curriculum, helping them gain the skills and experience needed to thrive as global citizens. This is the only framework of its kind that maps out the organisational innovation and enhancement required, spanning top down, middle out and bottom up level change, to achieve whole institution engagement with sustainability learning, so we’re thrilled to support it!
Our Sustainability Targets
We are in the process of mapping green spaces on the College estate and are actively investing in our wildflower meadow and have introduced apiaries to our Kings Road campus.
The transformation of our Wildflower Meadow began in October 2023. We planted it with a specially chosen seed mix, designed to support the bees living on our campus.
We provide environmental education and training for staff and students, and we encourage community engagement through sustainability events, workshops, and outreach activities.
At City College Plymouth, we’re at the forefront of green energy education and skill development. Our newly established Green Skills Centre, opened in September 2023, is a testament to our commitment to eco-friendly and innovative learning. Most recently, we’re proud to introduce our exclusive Electric Vehicle (EV) short courses, meticulously designed for practising electricians and forward-thinking employers in Plymouth who are eager to dive into the world of green energy. Find out more here.
We also offer a range of FREE courses in green construction and welding to help adults develop in-demand skills that lead to higher-paid roles within growing sectors. Shaped with train4tomorrow, Skills For Life and Devon County Council, our Skills Bootcamps respond to skills shortages and can propel students into an emerging industry. Take a look at what we have on offer here.
In September 2023, we saw a fantastic new addition to our campus facilities that aligns perfectly with our commitment to sustainability and reducing emissions. ‘Beryl Bikes’ located at Kings Road, Picquet and TIMS, provide our students and staff with a convenient and eco-friendly way to move across the city, including travelling between our various sites such as Kings Road, TIMS, and Picquet.
Beryl Bikes can be found across the city and we’re proud to be a part of this initiative to reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions while enjoying the benefits of a healthier and more sustainable mode of transportation. Find out more about Beryl Bikes here.
Join us in our sustainability efforts!
We encourage all staff and students to join us in our sustainability efforts. You can contribute to our sustainability goals by:
- Reducing energy consumption by turning off lights and electronics when not in use.
- Using public transportation, cycling, or walking to commute to college.
- Minimizing waste by using reusable bags and containers, and recycling materials.
- Supporting local and organic food options.
- Participating in our sustainability events and outreach activities.
Together, we can make a positive impact on the environment and create a sustainable future for ourselves and generations to come.