Student sustainability opportunities
One of our main goals of integrating sustainability into our campus is to provide you with exciting opportunities and to help you gain key skills for your future career. We try and use all of our sustainable initiatives within our teaching and research, using the campus as a ‘Living Lab’; as well as offering many extra-curricular activities.
Sustainability in the Curriculum
As a student here you will get lots of opportunities to learn about how sustainability is relevant to your subject. This might include doing a case study project assessing how sustainability features can be incorporated into a building conversion project; or perhaps investigating how the long-term management of soils affects agriculture; or working with a local wildlife group to determine the most effective way of restoring the habitat of a rare bird, insect, or plant. Students often visit our farms as part of their programmes to look at how sustainability can be delivered in practice; and you will also have the opportunity to base your dissertation around the projects happening on campus – for example, you might like to review the corporate social responsibility reporting of the University or assess the benefits of the University’s Environmental Management System.
Student Representatives are invited to sit on the University’s Environmental Sustainability Advisory Group, which meets a minimum of three times per year. This group oversees the RAU’s Environmental Policy, Strategy and Carbon Management Plan to ensure we reach our goals. Each meeting has a dedicated student item for student representatives to feedback ideas and raise any issues.
Green Impact is a National Union of Students (NUS) led scheme, with over 150 Universities and Students Unions currently taking part. Staff teams complete an online workbook throughout the year, logging small environmental actions with the help of student project assistants. Student project assistants gain valuable employability skills such as leadership, project management and team building; as well as the chance to meet new people. You can have a look at the main Green Impact website here.
Growing Food on Campus
We provide an allotment area and tools for student use for growing food throughout the year. We are also setting up an edible and sensory garden for 2016/17 which will be open for students and staff.
The EnviroSoc is our student-led environmental society. They run a variety of socials including nights out, dinner nights, conservation volunteering activities and day trips. There are also opportunities to set up environmental campaigning initiatives and feed back ideas to University management.
Other Events and Activities
The sustainability team and Students Union also organise events and activities throughout the year, such as the annual Green RAU Week, the Fairtrade and Local Bake Off, energy saving promotions and environmental competitions. You can also find out about all our sustainability opportunities during induction week.
For any questions or to register interest about these initiatives or getting involved in other ways, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.