At The Union, sustainability is woven into everything we do – from how we run our building to what we sell in our commercial outlets. We carefully considerer the natural and social environment with every decision we make.
The Union and University have been a Responsible Futures accredited partnership since 2015, reflecting our commitment to embedding environmental sustainability and social responsibility in both the formal and informal curriculum. Through our continued collaboration with the University, we aim to stay at the forefront of the sector in this area. As part of this commitment, union staff and officers sit on a working group with our University partners. They are:
Anna Welsh (Students’ Union President)
Paul Norman (Head of Membership Development)
George Bissett (Project Coordinator)
Find out more about other members of the Responsible Futures working group here
We are constantly trying to reduce the amount of waste we create. In our building, you can recycle paper, cardboard, plastic and glass bottles and drinks cans. Behind the scenes we are recycling cooking oil, ink cartridges and food waste. You can also find British Heart Foundation donation bins in the foyer for anything that could find a second home.
There is a great range of reusable coffee cups and water bottles available in The Shop. Bring your own cup to The Cafe to save 20p on your drink, and make use of the many water fountains around the building.
Manchester is working together to reduce its carbon emissions and become carbon neutral by 2038. The Union is no exception; for students, we sell student bus passes from the Finance office so you can get around Manchester with a reduced carbon footprint. There is also a well-connected system of trams and trains to take you anywhere in Greater Manchester and beyond! We also encourage our staff to travel into work sustainably and offer a cycle to work scheme.
For more information on public transport in Manchester, visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website
Join The Union's sustainability working group by get in touch with The Union's Projects Coordinator, George Bissett, for more information.
The Union also participates in a cycle to work scheme – to find out more, contact the Finance Office.
There are lots of options on offer for students to make a difference through sustainability at The Union.
Sustainability at The Union means caring for the local community as much as the environment. We have plenty of opportunities for you to get involved with your local community through our volunteer portal.
You can connect with like-minded students by joining one of the environmentally-focused societies.
Got an idea for how we could be more sustainable, or simply want to learn more about what we're doing on sustainability, get in touch:
Manchester Met also deliver free Carbon Literacy Training open to all current students. Find out how you can increase your sustainability knowledge and increase your employability.