Plymouth Marjon University is proud to announce that it has been shortlisted for the esteemed Planet Saver Award at the Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce Awards 2023. The award recognises organisations that have demonstrated a commitment to sustainability, environmental stewardship, and the reduction of carbon footprint.
As a University, Marjon is committed to educating the next generation of leaders who will address the most pressing challenges facing our planet. The University has implemented a range of sustainable practices across its campus, from reducing waste and energy consumption to promoting sustainable transport options and supporting local biodiversity.
Marjon was one of the first major organisations in Plymouth to declare a climate emergency in 2019 and has since implemented its £5.3 million ‘Marjon Zero’ project. This initiative oversaw 55 ground source heat pumps and over 2,000 solar panels being installed across its campus.
The University’s new renewable energy is now supplying energy to many of its buildings, delivering an 80% carbon saving since its baseline measurement in 2005.
"We are delighted to be shortlisted for the Planet Saver Award," said Professor Michelle Jones, Interim Vice-Chancellor of Plymouth Marjon University. "Sustainability is an important principle of our university and we are committed to reducing our environmental impact and promoting sustainable practices in all aspects of our work. We believe that education has a crucial role to play in addressing the challenges facing our planet, and we are proud to be part of a global community of universities working towards a more sustainable future."
The Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce Awards 2023 will take place on Friday 19 May and will bring together businesses and organisations from across the region to celebrate excellence and innovation in the local economy.
Plymouth Marjon University looks forward to continuing its work to promote sustainability and environmental stewardship, and inspiring the next generation of leaders to build a more sustainable future for the next generation.
Learn more about the Marjon Zero project here.