Campuses across the country are not doing enough to fight Climate Change, and it’s time powerful institutions like ours stepped up to defend the environment. While initiatives are in place in the Union – for example, providing free drinking water, funding refurbished bicycles for students, promoting onsite recycling and food waste facilities, and integrating sustainability into our 2020 Strategic Vision – there is still more to do.
We’re very proud to have been awarded a Gold Green Impact Award from 2015, which recognised the work that we did in making the Union a greener and more ethical place, but in the last 3 years we have slipped to gaining only the Bronze equivalent. We realise we could do much more as a Students’ Union, which is why we need all the help we can get. We have the resources, we have the time, and we must take lead.
This year we’re going for Green Impact Gold again. We have developed a comprehensive Environmental Policy that outlines guidelines of how to maintain a more environmentally sustainable Students’ Union, as well as what we’d like to achieve in the future. We’re also making an effort to source more of our food from local producers, as well as working on reducing food waste and single-use plastics. For more information about our latest environmental impact assessment, click here, and find out what we’ve been working on since the last assessment here.
If you'd like to get more involved in green initiatives, there are numerous societies at the Students' Union concerned with the environment, sustainability and green issues.
The University of Manchester are wholly committed to the environment, and run a number of initiatives to encourage students and staff to lead a greener lifestyle. They have an excellent Environmental Sustainability Team running schemes such as Ethical Grand Challenges, Sustainability Challenge, Tree Trail, and a new UCIL course on sustainability. There is also a Single-Use Plastics working group making huge changes to eradicate single-use plastics across campus. Find out more about recycling on campus and environmental initiatives at the university.