Much of our daily lives is having a huge environmental and social impact, however 2020 is the year to change this! Being sustainable doesn’t mean you need to hug a tree, shop less or even stop washing, it means you’re thinking about your everyday actions and how through small changes, you can preserve resources to help others and for generations to come. Sustainability is about less waste, fairness in society and improving your own wellbeing.
There are many ways to start being more sustainable, or to do even more to be the greenest students possible. Working with students, including the Environmental Society, we will be developing a number of helpful resources for you, to help you be greener and learn about sustainability. We will also be launching a number of campaigns in the coming months to spread awareness about climate change and the impact this will have not just in Sunderland, but across the planet. However, there are a number of opportunities for you to join in with now including our new Sustainability Committee and Environmental Society
The Students’ Union’s Sustainability Committee brings together like minded students to discuss key issues relating to climate change, fairer trade, better human rights and ensuring we educate each other to be better. The Committee is responsible for launching campaigns and starting action.
During December and January, a petition will be available for students to sign to encourage the University to declare a climate emergency and ensure that they pledge to reduce carbon emissions, put sustainability into the curriculum, and make the campus wildlife friendly.
The campaign will also help create and deliver our climate change ‘city under the sea’ campaign and how we plan to get sustainability in the curriculum.
To join the committee, contact Your President: Wellbeing, Diogo Quintas.
The Environmental Society is a welcoming and friendly group with the aim of increasing awareness about our environment. The society meets monthly and engages in activities like:
meditation and discussions about spirituality and nature;
organic and sustainable gardening at A Space 2 Grow community garden located in St.Peters Campus;
Your Students’ Union is working hard to improve practices and change operations for the better. So far we have increased purchasing from local businesses for prize give aways and merchandise, ensured we pay living wage for staff members and reduced our consumption and packaging, as far as possible. As a staff team we are continuously looking at innovative ways to make an impact on the student experience, without making an impact on the planet.
We will be publishing updates about our progress regularly – keep an eye on our website and social media for these. We believe being transparent is important.
Your Students' Union supports the University in improving the campus and making it a friendly home for hedgehogs and other wildlife!
The Sunderland Hedgehog Friendly Campus campaign, launched in October 2020, aims to ensure that University campuses are safe space for hedgehogs and other wildlife. The student led group, with the Estates and Facilities team at the University, are suppoting the effort to raise awareness of the decline in number of hedgehogs and ways we can all make a difference. The group would like both students and staff to get involved to spread the message, and sign a Government petition to ensure that hedgehog numbers do not deline further by moving hedgehogs to schedule five of The Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, providing them greater legal protection as ‘vulnerable to extinction’ in the UK..
To find out about the campaign and get involved, you can follow the Sunderland hedgehog friendly camus group on Twitter: https://twitter.com/UoSHedgehogs. .