Hello and welcome to the Green Team's page!
We care very deeply about our environment and making it our mission to do something about climate change! We appreciate we can't change the world, but we can have an impact on our local world and so we are in cahoots with the university to promote sustainable living both within the campuses as well as our lives. Come join us! Get involved as little or as much as you like :-)
We look forward to meeting you
Our aim last year was to become the UK's no 1 in sustainability and seeing as that is SMASHED, these are our aims this year:
Green Team Activities
Steering Group: Nikita, Molly, Jo, Bailey and Lauren
Objectives: Quarterly Podcast focussing on contentious issues and how they relate to sustainable living in a complex modern world
Details: First podcast is on trophy hunting and a method of conservation with guest speakers Professor Adam Hart and student Lisa Wilson, listen in to our podcast panel quizzing them about the pro’s and con’s around this very heated debate and let us know your thoughts beforehand on the subject.
Where: Podcasts will be aired on our YouTube channel Green Team UoG along with other channels TBC.
When: End of October
Volunteers: Here we welcome questions from you guys on the subject and also your comments afterwards as to what you think, is it good or bad…or is it a bit of both?
Steering Group: Kaylie Alderdice
Objectives: Quarterly film nights with a focus on living sustainably and bringing to light industry practice and also inspiration of how you can live your life more eco-friendly.
Details: Our first film is The True Cost, a film focusing on the fashion industry and its carbon footprint, which is the second-largest polluting industry, which will make you think twice about supporting Fast Fashion
Where: Pittville Campus (not FCH!) in the old SU bar, lots of bean bags, beers and popcorn…we are also looking to do some food so keep an eye out for event plug.
When: 12 November 2019 at 7 pm, film starts 7:30 sharp!
Volunteers: If you fancy helping to pull this event together we would love to get some sponsorships, take part in the Green Film Festival which is happening nationally, we would like to do some add ons in terms of clothes swapping afterwards, collaboration with other societies, running more film nights and in multiple locations such as Park campus. So loads of scope here to get involved. But most importantly keep the date free to join us for some chill-out time with your “tribe”.
Steering Group: Naomi Young
Objective: Upcycle charity shop clothing items that need a little of your pazzazz!!!
Details: We will be having an arts and crafts session tweaking items of clothing that you either own already or have found in a charity shop with the help of your fellow students. We can share tips and ideas or even just natter while we paint a big unicorn on a funky jacket we found. Perhaps we can even do a “let's go bargain hunting” together with a coffee in between. This has loads of fun written all over it.
Volunteers: We are looking for artsy and non-artsy students to get involved, we are looking for fundraising ideas, sewing machines and sewing machine boffins, anyone who is bored of the same old stuff in mainstream shops and want to recycle unwanted items to give them a new lease of life.
Steering Group: Alfie and Liam Harrison
Objective: To increase awareness amongst students and staff of what can and can’t be recycled on campus as well as increasing and bettering facilities on all campuses.
Details: We have loads of improvements we can make in this area for one, our facilities are not clear, inconsistent and non-existing in places. On top of that recycling is confusing and people aren’t sure me included of what can and can’t go where so we don’t do it effectively so there is so much we can do here and we have got the ball rolling on this in terms of better signage but there are some really exciting plans on this project along with full support from our sustainability department and facilities management on our campuses, so here we need lots of volunteers to help propel this forward this year and make uni great at recycling!
Where: We are currently running a pilot at Hardwick campus in increasing awareness, so keep an eye out for that, we are hoping its success will evolve to a campus-wide rollout.
When: End October we will doing an audit to measure success to helpers needed for this to.
Volunteers: So many exciting opportunities here to make a real difference to the reduction of landfill sites, so please step forward we need you!
Steering Group: Jordan Best and FCH Faith Space
Objective: An opportunity just to vent and chat with like-minded people about our current climate crises.
Details: Sometimes your friends make you feel like a weirdo for caring about the planet and don’t understand why you get angry at them for not recycling. This is a space for you to come have a cup of tea, sample Jordan’s amazing vegan home bakes and just get shit off your chest and perhaps brainstorm and share ideas and thoughts.
Where: Social room in FCH chapel (back room)
When: 5-6pm on 8 October 2019, thereafter 12 November 2019, 10 December 2019
Volunteers: If you would like to step forward to help Jordan co-ordinate and advertise these events that would be super, also please come along and support it, once again it is chance to hang out with your “tribe”
Steering Group: Erica Matthews
Objective: Provide ideas for simple easy cooking ideas/recipes to help reduce your waste and single-use plastic
Details: Erica has loads of exciting ideas and recipes to share with you on her blog which we will regularly share, we are also looking at putting on a cooking workshop where you can learn some simple techniques that will help avoid rushing for quick ready meals
Where: Online and our cooking event will be at Pittville Campus Faith Space kitchen
When: Regular blogs will go out on social media and our website (to follow) and the cooking event will be next semester
Volunteers: If you have ideas, please get in touch with Erica who will be keen to hear them, but mostly, come along to the events and share the tips with your friends!
Fridays for Future
Steering Group: Yolande Booyse
Objective: Provide an opportunity for you to make your voice heard around combating the climate crises
Details: We will be running campaigns on Fridays to get your views on what the uni needs to be doing to combat the climate crises. It will be in the courtyard at FCH and I would like to expand this, but I can only do this with your help.
Where: FCH for now
When: Fridays once a month
Volunteers: I will need volunteers to gain signatures/views for 1 hour at lunchtime on the designated Friday which we will then put forward to the uni to get them to make changes the students want.
Behind the Scenes
We are also looking for people who can help us with the organisation of the group, so if you are a wizz at building websites, have tons of social media skills, good organiser, good salesperson to help us fundraise or just feel super passionate about this group, please email me direct and we can get you involved in making the magic happen. Many hands make light work.
We will also be collaborating with other societies, so any ideas, please let us know!
Keeping In Touch
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