Addressing the climate crisis requires collective action.
We're developing a culture of sustainability that will enable our community to drive measurable change on and off campus.
Falmouth University can make an enormously beneficial impact on the climate through its carbon reduction methods, protection of biodiversity and changes to its operational habits.
However, a collective shift in our society’s culture is what will ultimately determine our success when it comes to tackling the climate and ecological emergency.
Instilling a culture of sustainability in everything we do underpins our entire sustainability effort.
What we want to achieve
We want to ensure that staff and students at Falmouth University have a greater awareness of sustainability, and the impact we individually and collectively have on the environment. As an important part of the Cornish community, we also want to encourage sustainable activity outside of the University.
We want to drive change in the behaviours of staff and students at Falmouth University, in all aspects of their lives.
Take sustainable action by joining one of our many student-led environmentally focused societies.
What we've done so far
The impact of our partnerships with Carbon Savvy and Force of Nature are already filtering through to our community.
Carbon Savvy is an organisation that calculates individual carbon footprints; they outline the key steps required to effectively reduce individual impact. Starting in Welcome Week 2021, we’ve been working with them to bring their specialist carbon footprint calculators to our students and staff.
The calculators break down an individual’s carbon output into several different categories, like transport, goods and services, home energy and food. This enables users to identify parts of their lives that are particularly carbon heavy, and make reductions as necessary.
This work will enable the creation of a new, bespoke Falmouth University carbon footprint portal, which will allow us to monitor and track the average carbon footprints of our students and staff.
Force of Nature
Our second partner, Force of Nature, is a youth non-profit organisation that empowers young people to turn their eco-anxiety into agency.
The organisation found that 70% of the young people they surveyed felt hopeless in the face of the climate crisis. In response to this, Force of Nature run events and workshops to help young people understand how they can meaningfully contribute to solving the climate crisis.
From September 2021, we’ve been working with them to run collaborative events that will help our campus community feel supported, informed, and capable of tackling the climate crisis through mobilising mindsets.
This is our flagship sustainability awareness campaign. Through workshops, events and activities, our campus community is given the opportunity to realise its collective impact, adopt sustainable changes, and empower people with the knowledge and skills needed to do so.Discover Sustainability Week
Explore our sustainability-focused clubs & societies
Join one of the largest societies on campus to experience Cornwall's natural environment, gain skills in ecology and conservation and support local projects.
The Beach Clean project
Help keep Cornwall's waterways and shorelines clean while gaining experience in data collection and enjoying some exciting guest speakers and socials.
Calling all nature lovers, green activists, foraging fanatics and all kinds of gardeners. Want to learn how to live a greener life? This is the society for you.
MarineWatch aims to celebrate and protect our local and amazing marine wildlife. Join us for boat trips and monitoring marine mammal and bird populations.
Generation Wild forms links with local schools and Scout/Guides groups. Help to get children engaged and inspired about nature and the environment through providing environmental education sessions.
Renewable Energy Society
The Renewable Energy Society (RES) aims to bring together individuals with interests in renewable energies and sustainability.
Working closely with local beekeepers, Bee Soc maintains its own hives to produce honey, make candles and screen documentaries to help raise awareness of issues around bee conservation.
Life Magazine Soc
Life is the nature magazine written, illustrated and produced by students from Falmouth University and the University of Exeter.
Penryn Produce is a student led veg-box scheme which works with local growers to provide local, seasonal and minimally packaged produce every week during term-time.
Sostena Theatre Society
Sostena Theatre Company is a student led company which creates work about the climate crisis.
The SU Vegan Society run a range of activities and events throughout the year, from film screenings to discussions and guest speaker events that promote a plant-based lifestyle.
Wild Doc Soc
From talks by leading guest speakers in the industry to film nights and photography workshops, develop knowledge and skills in wildlife media.
News & stories
The Falmouth community is full of inspiring people making a positive impact on the environment. Scroll through our reel of stories to discover who's been hitting the headlines.
Win for Falmouth University at sustainability awards
10 November 2022
Falmouth University is delighted to have won the Green Gown Award for ‘Reporting with Influence’...
Wild Voices: The "sound of extinction" by Tom Hull
12 August 2022
This piece was written by Tom Hull, a researcher at Falmouth University. He is a specialist in wild ...
Falmouth increases solar panel presence on campus
10 August 2022
Falmouth University are significantly increasing the amount of solar panels on roofs at Penryn Campu...
Plant partnership launched with Cornish company
10 August 2022
Falmouth University has partnered with Rocket Gardens, a Gweek-based mail order company supplying pl...
Falmouth conducts food waste separation trial
10 August 2022
Falmouth University have launched a pilot project to reduce more waste on our campuses by separating...
Student takes home sustainability award at Interior Educators 2022
02 August 2022
BA(Hons) Interior Design student Ashley Powell has seen his shortlisted project 'holm' rise to ...
Falmouth University shortlisted for two Green Gown sustainability awards
22 July 2022
Falmouth University has been shortlisted for two prestigious sustainability awards. In associatio...
Falmouth ranked as Top 10 Institution by 2022 SDG Teach In
06 May 2022
For the second year in a row, Falmouth University's engagement with the Sustainable Development...
Top 5 eco-friendly shops in Falmouth & Penryn
22 April 2022
This Earth Day is all about empowering people to invest in our world. It might be difficult to s...
Falmouth rolls out community furniture donations
12 April 2022
Community organisations have benefitted from furniture donations from Falmouth's campuses as part of...
Falmouth gears up for Sustainability Week 2022
17 March 2022
Sustainability Week returns on 21 March with a packed line-up of eco-orientated events to help stude...
Bringing underrepresented voices to the front line of the climate crisis
10 March 2022
Pauline Blanchett, recipient of Falmouth University’s Reporting Earth bursary, is commissioning fe...
Falmouth joins the Fashion Declares movement
04 February 2022
Falmouth’s Fashion & Textiles Institute has joined forces with key leaders across the fashion ...
The Sustainability Café announces revamped veggie menu
28 January 2022
As a result of student feedback, we are pleased to announce that the Sustainability Café menu will ...
How to be more sustainable this festive season
20 December 2021
Hi, I'm Chloë, and I'm a student at Falmouth University. As a student, we all have budgets...
Falmouth University at COP26
12 November 2021
Staff members have taken to Glasgow to learn how to combat the most pressing issue facing society to...
Penryn Campus celebrates fifth successive Green Flag Award
21 October 2021
Falmouth University’s Penryn Campus has once again been recognised by the Green Flag Awards.The Gr...
Reporting Earth provides platform for valuable climate crisis reporting discussions
29 September 2021
On Tuesday 21 September, Falmouth University hosted Reporting Earth, an online journalism summit&nbs...
Meet the graduate exposing a global coffee crisis
26 August 2021
A new documentary by aspiring filmmaker and photographer Hedvika Michnova has exposed how the climat...
Climate & ecological emergency – we’re taking action
21 June 2021
It’s been two years since Falmouth University declared a climate and ecological emergency on 20 Ju...