Green Impact Students' Unions is an environmental accreditation and awards scheme run by the National Union of Students. It began in 2006 and over 100 students’ unions across the country are now involved.
We're very proud to be Green Impact Gold Award winners three times
Here are some of the things we do that have contributed to those awards
Go Green Week
Annually we take part in Go Green Week, with the aim of raising more awareness of environmental issues. This year, we had a packed agenda focussing on sustainable eating and reducing fossil fuel usage. We had a number of great events run by student volunteers - including a "Do or Dare", encouraging students to eat local, sustainable food, a switch off of the Percy Gee Building and a swap shop.
Recycling across all areas of the Percy Gee building
We recycle almost everything we can in all departments of the Students’ Union. As a result, we have had the best rates of recycling on the whole campus for the past 3 years.
We've put signs up around light switches encouraging people to turn them off when they're not being used. We have also introduced similar signs on the lifts, encouraging people to take the stairs if they can
A really green Starbucks
We recycle all our materials from Starbucks. We flatten all cardboard boxes and recycle all milk cartons as standard. We also compost our leftover coffee beans.
Introduced a water fountain
We encourage students to bring their own water bottles in and use the water fountain to fill them to lower the amount of water bottles being bought.
We digitise all meeting agendas
We have a policy in place where we do not print any hard copies of Union Council and other meeting agendas. All of the agendas are digitised and emailed out.
We have a no flyering policy in the building
We do not allow anybody to leave flyers in the Percy Gee building which helps us reduce waste paper.
We monitor and reduce our energy usage
The Students' Union has access to the energy consumption data for all the sub meters. Using the data produced by the meters we are continuing to work with the Estates Department to make improvements to the building management system to accurately reflect the usage.