Plymouth College of Art Contemplative Garden 16
About Us


Sustainability and environment at Plymouth College of Art

At Plymouth College of Art, we recognise sustainability as a core principle in everything we deliver, and we are committed to continually improving our environmental performance.

Plymouth College of Art has actively embraced sustainable practices throughout the facilities from reducing food waste and increasing recycling to reducing our carbon footprint with the use of electric vehicles and LED lighting as well as switching to a 100% renewable energy tariff, meaning all electricity used across campus is from solar, wind or hydro sources. Read our Environmental and Sustainability Policy.

  • We use 100% renewable electricity purchased from UK solar, wind and hydro farms.

  • We have solar panels installed on our Charles Cross roof, generating electricity every day.

  • We aim to recycle at least 2/3rds of all waste generated in our classrooms and offices.

  • We have a food waste collection in The Refectory, which is collected for composting.

  • We have a contemplative garden in our Tavistock Place courtyard for students, staff and local wildlife to enjoy.

  • We recycle the waste heat from our glass kilns to heat our Charles Cross building.

  • We have an electric van to transport goods between campuses.

  • We offer 2 x Cycle to Work bicycle schemes to enable staff to cycle to work.

  • We are updating our classroom lighting to LED to reduce our electricity consumption.

  • In Spring 2021 we installed data loggers on all our water meters to prevent water wastage across all campuses.

  • We use local contractors to support local livelihoods and reduce travel mileage where we can.

  • We have a Sustainability Champions Group for students and staff to meet every 6 x weeks and progress our Sustainability Agenda amongst teaching, learning and our classroom facilities offered.

  • We have a Sustainability Officer employed who focuses on improving the everyday sustainability of all our campuses.

  • Create our contemplative garden in collaboration with lecturers Charlotte Warren and Ellie Thompson - consulting on plants used in natural dyeing for textiles. (Summer 2021)

  • Building fabric improvements to windows and roofs across campuses

IBCP students get immersed in nature at Poole Farm Plymouth, in partnership with Green Minds.

We've partnered with several local and national organisations to highlight and share resources to improve sustainability, not only on campus but across our city too. Explore them below.