An Sustainability Statement from Elis Jones, our Sustainabilty Coordinator.
For the upcoming conference it is my job to try and promote sustainability as far as possible. The Coronavirus pandemic has made this a much harder task by shifting priorities and attention away from environmental sustainability and towards mitigating the impacts of Covid-19. In the long run, given the links that exist between diseases and climate change, this is a false dichotomy. Tackling either of these properly requires a focus on both. The pandemic represents both difficulties and opportunities for tackling climate change, for example whilst usage of plastic may have increased, global carbon emissions may have dropped.
My aim is to try and show that it is possible to run an environmentally friendly and Covid-safe event, even in-person, by capitalising on the opportunities and trying to work around the difficulties presented by the pandemic.
As well as promoting sustainable travel (More information to below) I am also hoping to calculate (roughly) and offset (as far as is practical) the conference’s carbon footprint. Any updates on the progress of this and all our commitments to sustainability will be posted here, below.
Any questions or suggestions about sustainability should be sent to REC2021@exeter.ac.uk.
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Several options are available for sustainable travel to the conference:
Great Western Railway (GWR) have kindly offered to provide discounted fares for the conference. To take advantage of these, see the following link and click on Exeter to book tickets with the conference discount. Proof of conference attendance (e.g. a registration email) may be required on the train. Trains arrive at St David’s station. From here you will need to walk, cycle, or get a bus or taxi to the conference venue at the University of Exeter’s St Luke’s campus. The 56 bus runs regularly between St David’s station and the St Luke’s campus. Click here to book the GWR offer.
Day tickets are available, including group tickets for up to 5 people for £8.40 in total. These allow travel in the Exeter zone, whilst a further Exeter+ zone goes as far as Okehampton, Teignmouth, Ottery St Mary, Exmouth and Cullompton. Click here for Stagecoach Bus information.
Exeter has an electric bike rental scheme (Co-Bikes) which offers bikes, through an app, from stations around Exeter, including a drop off and pick up point on St Luke’s campus. For more information on Co-Bikes, click here.
Exeter is a pleasant city to walk around (weather permitting!), with the walk from St David’s station to the St Luke’s campus taking about 30 minutes. A minor detour will even take you straight past the cathedral.