University of Exeter to reward staff and students for taking climate action

Sustainable actions on recycling, travel and shopping will earn ‘green points’ that could win vouchers

The University of Exeter has launched a new scheme to reward staff and students for taking climate action.

An online platform and app will allow users to record sustainable and ‘wellbeing’ actions in order to earn ‘green points’.

These points can be earnt by using less plastic, reducing carbon emissions by walking more and making more sustainable food choices.

Those with the most ‘green points’ every month will be in with a chance to win shopping vouchers.

The programme follows a trial, in which around 260 users took part engaging in more than 7,000 sustainable actions.

Dr Emma Page, Head of Environment and Climate Emergency at the University of Exeter, said: “The Green Rewards platform will significantly help us understand how our actions deliver carbon savings and also bring about positive change.”

The university declared a climate emergency last year and has set out a goal to become carbon-neutral for Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2040.

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