Our Progress So Far

Food and Farming

  • Feeding our own crimped barley/pea mix to dairy cows to cut down on carbon emissions (308 round trip miles saved)
  • Selling our beef to a local producer, for sale in Brighton butcher shops, cutting down food miles
  • Researching staff boxes for Christmas meat and selling meat produce in the Dining Room and at our Stamner Campus, One Garden Brighton

Land and Environment

  • Planted most of our wheat with minimum tillage techniques, less diesel usage than conventional ploughing, and saving approximately three tonnes a hectare of C02 emissions
  • Planted 24Ha for home milling and feeding to the cows
  • All maize stubbles have been undersown with westerwold grass; this will minimise soil erosion during winter
  • Planting trees and wildflowers beside the piggery 
  • Researching grant funding options for rainwater harvesting will allow us to reuse the rainwater that lands on our roofs, limiting the amount that ends up in streams


  • Huge decrease in Resident students throwing away Vegware takeaway boxes in the common room and bedroom bins
  • Plumpton Preloved in October 2023 at lunch times with emphasis on 'take what you need' and clothes, PPE and equipment donated from cross college

Reducing Emissions

  • Plumpton 'Car Sharing' Scheme introduced reducing number of cars at busy times and reducing carbon emissions
  • Two electric vehicle charging points at AgriFood Centre and outside Sports Hall

Grounds and Gardens

  • The Grounds and Garden team have been mulching the borders around campus using rotted-down green waste from arisings created on the College grounds Approximately 20m3 of compost has been generated, saving 50% of CO2 emissions had the waste been disposed of alternatively, locking the carbon in the soil. Saving carbon transport miles and £800 from otherwise buying in
  • Areas of long grass and spent wildflowers aren't being cut down purposely, to provide over wintering habitat for invertebrates and small mammals.
  • 63x standard trees planted within the new AgriFood Centre car park. The planting made available to curriculum groups where it is most relevant to their syllabus
  • Following on from the tree planting will be the sowing of wildflower meadows beneath and around the trees
  • Completion of native hedge planting along Wales Farm Lane, sequestering carbon and providing a natural corridor for wildlife through nectar, berries, nesting site and protection from predation

Our Timeline To Net Zero To 2046


  • Reduce fleet vehicle mileage by 10% annually on business travel
  • Electricity reduced 8%
  • Printing reduced 8%
  • 29 staff registered for the Lift Share scheme
  • 100% of electricity from renewable sources
  • Over 20 live projects across all aspects of the college
  • 139 individuals engaged in planting schemes 


  • 50% fuel switched to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (or other biofuel) on farm vehicles


  • 50% electric vehicle fleet


  • 50% reduction in National Grid energy reliance by 2030
  • 50% reduction by 2030 in Heating Oil
  • 100% electric vehicle fleet


  • 90% fuel switched to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (or other biofuel) on farm vehicles
  • Heating oil eliminated
  • Transition to electric forges


  • 100% electric farm vehicles
  • 5% annual reduction to zero emissions


  • Assumptions: 90% of commuter cars are electric vehicles