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Department of Plant Sciences


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The Department of Plant Sciences is committed to reducing its environmental footprint and energy consumption.

Our main facilities on the Downing Site and at the Botanic Gardens are amongst the most energy-hungry of the University estate, together using over £1,000 every day in electricity alone.

We have been part of the University's Energy and Carbon Reduction Project (ECRP) since 2011, which has streamlined the implementation of carbon-saving projects. The aim is to reduce Plant Sciences’ environmental footprint without compromising research and teaching.

Take a look at our Energy & Environment Policy.

Explore using the navigation pane on the left and links to wider initiatives on the right.

Growing plants under controlled conditions is critical to much of our research. We have pioneered and developed LED plant growth lighting over the past decade with our industrial partners and academics. Our projects have been Highly Commended at the national Green Gown Awards and presented at S-Lab conferences.

We have built a Green Reps network to boost engagement with our research groups and we take part in the University's Green Impact initiative. This provides a framework for staff and students to progress actions that will make the department more sustainable. Each research group within the department is represented. The list of reps can be found here

Information on waste management and recycling at the department can be found on the Health & Safety pages here.

For more information please contact Energy Co-ordinator Martin Howes.