University of Suffolk Students’ Union achieves NUS green impact
Over the last year, your SU Officers and staff team have been working to make your SU more sustainable. We are delighted that our efforts have been recognised by the NUS (National Union of Students) with a Green Impact award.
The award exists to drive positive sustainability across University campuses. Each year, Students’ Union’s are encouraged to take part and submit evidence to show they are championing green issues and reducing negative environmental impact.
As a team, we identified some key areas within our organisation for improvement, and acted on these with various campaigns and ideas. We hosted a Car Sharing week to encourage Students’ and staff to cut emissions and reduce traffic on campus by sharing a lift with a friend. We introduced FREE SU re-usable water bottles across campus, and we reduced disposable cups on campus by providing re-useable cups with our water coolers.
Our Student Officer team ran a campaign highlighting the journey of recycling and encouraging good waste management, promoting this through a sticker attached to every recycling bin on campus. We worked with societies and course reps to think more eco-friendly in their roles by incorporating sustainability into their training.
We have recently received our results and we are excited to announce that we have been awarded Very Good!
We are already looking forward to working towards an Excellent accreditation next year!
We would love our members to get involved, so if you would like to be part of this project then let us know. You can find out more about Green Impact here.