Here at Huddersfield Students’ Union we are working to create a Union and a University that is ethical, environmentally-friendly and sustainable, and is able to demonstrate this through the actions we take and the positive impact we are having.
We recently re-wrote our environmental policy, which not only ensures we are held accountable for our decisions, but also providing a strategic overview for how we can be actively supporting sustainability within the University and wider community.
We aim to:
We have recently undertaken a review of the SU's environmental impacts to determine future policy. This can be found here – Aspects & Impacts - Green Impact.
Each academic year we look to introduce new campaigns to reinforce our core environmental values.
In September 2015, our Advice Centre conducted a Student Travel Survey to determine the means by which our students travel to campus and offered useful tips on not only how to stay safe during commutes, but also environmentally friendly alternatives. As 19% of Huddersfield's students currently use a car to get to campus, we aim to encourage this large segment to seek out cleaner travel options.
We’ve also laid the groundwork for our own contribution to the national NUS #SnapItOff campaign which launches March 3rd across all of our primary communication channels. With the support of our students through social media, we aim to raise awareness of unnecessary energy use and lobby local businesses (alongside the University) to cut down.
On Friday 4th March our #KickTheButts campaign launches, as we gather 16 student volunteers to pick clean the campus grounds of cigarette butts. Although we already encourage the correct disposal of cigarette butts in the appropriate external bins, we believe there’s still room for improvement and a student-led initiative will set a powerful precedent.