University of Exeter to reward staff and students for ‘positive behaviours’

The Green Rewards scheme awards points to students and staff for making positive changes that support sustainability and wellbeing

Staff and students at the University of Exeter will be awarded points for green behaviour, as part of the university’s aim to be carbon-neutral by 2040.

The Green Rewards scheme will reward students and staff across both the Exeter and Falmouth campuses for activities that support sustainability and wellbeing, and is currently in its pilot phase.

Participants on the Green Rewards scheme earn points for activities such as staying active, taking care of their mental health and growing their own plants, and compete as individuals and teams to top a leader board, with the chance to win monthly prizes. Activities are designed to be universally accessible, as well as provide information specific to each campus.

“The University declared a climate emergency last year and we see Green Rewards as a key step in engaging with our people and helping them understand how their actions help us meet our carbon neutral targets,” said Emma Page, head of environment and climate emergency at the University of Exeter.

“We want our people to feel a part of sustainability strategy, whether that’s across campuses, through remote working or as we welcome new students for the next academic year.”

In support of last year’s climate emergency declaration, under previous vice-chancellor Sir Steve Smith, the University of Exeter said it would cut long-haul air travel by 50%, increase recycling rates to 70%, and halve plastic and paper use by 2025.

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