Sustainability at Petroc

Petroc is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and, as such, we believe we have a responsibility to ensure that the college - and its staff and students - are committed to environmental sustainability in Devon and beyond.

We are continually striving to improve all areas of sustainability including recycling and waste, travel, energy use and procurement, as well as staff and student education.

We are proud to hold a Planet Mark certificate and to be members of the Plastic Free North Devon consortium.


Planet Mark

The Planet Mark is a certification programme recognising commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability.

To meet its sustainability commitments going forward, Petroc is committed to:

  • Continue with ‘energy audits’ to identify where most energy is being used and potential wastage from equipment, lights and heat loss.
  • Set a policy to make its fleet and business travel more energy efficient
  • Commit to switching to recycled paper for all office uses and continue recycling efforts

 Find out more about Planet Mark.


Plastic Free North Devon Consortium

The Plastic Free North Devon consortium was set up in April 2018 to combat the global problem of plastic pollution through local action. The consortium consists of representatives from a number of charities, voluntary groups and organisations:

Find out more about the consortium.

We support all members of the consortium to help promote work being done to improve our local environment.

For more information about single-use plastics and how you can support the Plastic Free movement, please visit Plastic Free North Devon’s Facebook page.

For details about upcoming beach and countryside cleans, please visit the AONB website.  

Please view this short film about plastic pollution and how you can help.


Sustainable Development Goals

On 20 September 2019, Petroc signed up to support the UNs Sustainable Development Goals.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

By signing the SDG pledge, Petroc agrees to:

- Support and promote the principles of the SDGs.

- Contribute to the achievement of the SDGs by ensuring that our schools and major programs are environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive.

- Support and encourage our teachers and educators to deliver lessons on the SDGs.

- Provide educational opportunities for our students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to engage with the SDGs.

- Join the global movement to achieve SDGs by 2030.

The goals cover: No PovertyZero HungerGood Health and Well-beingQuality EducationGender EqualityClean Water and SanitationAffordable and Clean EnergyDecent Work and Economic GrowthIndustry, Innovation and InfrastructureReduced InequalitySustainable Cities and CommunitiesResponsible Consumption and ProductionClimate ActionLife Below WaterLife on LandPeace and Justice Strong InstitutionsPartnerships to achieve the Goal