The Union recognises that our activities have an impact on the environment and we are dedicated to ensuring that we act in an environmentally responsible manner. The Union is committed to the continual assessment of our environmental impact and to make continual improvements in our environmental performance.
Green Impact programme is an accreditation scheme for environmental best practice in Students' Unions, aimed at both Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE).
The Union first signed up to the scheme (then Sound Impact) in 2007.
The purpose of the Green Impact Awards is to:
Our main aim in the next academic year is to ensure students drive our sustainability action. This could be through volunteering at events; organsing those events; fundraising and campaigning to raise awareness. We would like students to be part of our Green Team to discuss ideas for Green Impact and to look at ways of improving the student experience through sustainability action.
If you want to get involved or would like to find out more about Green Impact at The Union please contact your student president or look at joining one of our Environmental Societies. More information about Green Impact nationally can be found here.
NUS Responsible Futures
Responsible Futures is a whole-institution approach to embedding social responsibility and sustainability across the formal and informal curriculum across both HE and FE. It is a supported change programme and accreditation mark that works to put sustainability at the heart of education.
The Union is proud to have been part of the pilot programme with MMU in 2014-15. We are one of the first Universities and Students' Unions to gain the NUS Responsible Futures Accreditation Mark. This means that we are recognised for our commitment to embedding environmental sustainability and social responsibility into the student learning experience.
The Union has loads of recycling facilities available including recycle points for paper, cardboard, plastic and glass bottles, aluminium cans, toner cartridges, mobile phones, stamps, envelopes, batteries, catering oil and other electrical items.
If you were planning to fly home at the end of term, consider using the train instead. Trains emit significantly less carbon per person than planes. For example, the train from London to Edinburgh uses only a third of the carbon dioxide emissions from flying.