As an SU we recognise that all of our activities, services and products have an impact on our environment, either positive or negative. As part of our commitment to sustainability, we believe that managing the environmental and ethical implications of our activities should be an integral part of good management practice and responsible corporate governance.
Results from our recent student sustainability survey are examined in this report and the SU's Sustainability Committee will discuss how best we can use your ideas and opinions.
You can view the SU's Sustainability Policy here, the SU's Environmental Impacts here and the latest SU Sustainability Committee minutes here
The University of Gloucestershire proudly holds second place in the People and Planet Universities' Sustainabiltiy League and you can read about the diverse work they do via their latest annual report here. Amongst many other initiatives, The University Sustainability team bring sustainability into your core learning experiences. Read more here.
About our Sustainability Projects
Watch a great video of the recent Surfers Against Sewage Cheltenham student litter pick
Currently we are running the NUS Green Impact Programme and the SU's elected Ethical and Environment Officer, Chloe Bench is running the fantastic Glos Goes Green project for sports and societies
The big NUS Sustainability Student Survey
This national student survey has been running for nine years, and the most recent survey (November '18) of HE and FE students showed that in spite of the rise in fees and the crash of the jobs market, the demand for institutions to take action and the desire to learn about sustainability is increasing. The latest survey results show that:
- 81 per cent of you feel that UoG takes action to limit the negative impact it has on the environment and society (up from 69% last year)
- 68% of you feel that the SU takes action to limit the negative impact it has on the environment and society (up from 53% last year)
- 87% per cent of you feel that sustainable development is something which universities / colleges should actively incorporate and promote (up from 84% last year).
Read last year's summary NUS report here (this year's full report is not yet published).
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(also known as the Global Goals) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. Each government has signed up to, and are responsible for, taking action to achieve them both nationally and internationally. The NUS has recently published their research into students' awareness & opinions of these SDGs 'Student Opinion - Sustainable Development Goals'.
Fancy getting involved?
There are a multitude of ways you can get involved with sustainability during your time at university, for instance:
- Joining an environmentally friendly society –The UniGlos Green Team society here at UoG is a great example of students valuing suitability with the society endeavouring to carry various environmental activities. For example, these include collecting unwanted food from cafeterias that otherwise would have gone to waste and redistribute across local homeless shelters assisting in the effort to reduce the overall within the university’s community. For further information about the UniGlos Green Team see here.
- Adopting positive environmental lifestyle habits, for example, switching off electrical appliances and lights if not in use or if you see a case of unnecessary lighting at university upload a photo to the Snap it off campaign. Some more tips to living a more sustainable lifestyle include being more considerate with your water usage, reducing and recycling your waste in addition to supporting Fairtrade and sustainable products along with eating more local, seasonal food where possible.
- Sustainability Internships – Check the future plan portal or contact us directly regarding sustainability volunteering opportunities by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2013, your SU was awarded £289,790 from the NUS-managed, HEFCE funded Students’ Green Fund. This 3-year project had 5 strands of student-led sustainability opportunities and projects across campus life and into the local community, including development and support for student-led social enterprises such as Core Blimey Juice and Cider, Oh Beehive and the Cheltenham Chilli Company, where students produced a sustainable business model via growing and selling chilli products locally.
Other strands of the project were the Green Impact and Global Athletes programmes along with the Big Green Gap Year (Summer Placements) and The Little Green Shop, which allowed students to sell used items preventing waste and promoting reuse with all profits going back into sustainability projects. Despite the 3-year project coming to an end we continue to maintain our involvement within the NUS Green Impact and Global Athlete programmes as part of our commitment towards sustainability.
Find out more about the Green Fund Project at studentsgreenfund.unioncloud.org
See The Little Green Shop promotional YouTube video here
Be sure to check the Universities of Gloucestershire’s sustainability twitter profile for the latest sustainability announcements: twitter.com/UniGlosSustain