Green Impact



We think it's important to work towards sustainability, and this is one of the reasons we commit to electing an Environmental Officer each year.
We currently hold a Silver NUS Green Impact Award, and are working towards a Gold. 

If you would like to get involved, please contact us on: su@brookes.ac.uk.

The Story so Far...

We've implemented the following initiatives: 

  • Been annually audited to identify the priority aspects of our activities, in terms of the environment.
  • Commissioned an Environmental Audit and acted on recommendations to reduce our operational impact. These actions included:
    • Setting a reduction target for how many photocopies we make.
    • Reducing waste, through banning plastic bags at freshers' fair and distributing free Brookes Union bags for life.
    • Developing a lighting and equipment responsibility plan to ensure all electrical items are off when not needed.
    • Creating Vacation time shutdown plans to ensure all equipment is off during holidays.
    • Committed to only using Fairtrade tea and coffee within our offices.
    • Committed to only using recycled paper within our offices 
  • Supported the University’s Feelgood Festival that promoted more sustainable lifestyles.
  • Developed and implemented an Ethical and Environmental Policy.
  • We were delighted to have achieved a NUS Green Impact Silver award, which reflected our dedication to positive environmental action over last year.

But we're not stopping there! We're determined to continue to improve our performance and have had aspirations to acheive a gold award by 2020.... EXCEPT... 
 

It's all changed!

NUS has changed the format of the award in 2016/17, moving the focus more towards the delivery of campaigns. And we're really excited to have a really knowledgable and passionate team of students working with us this year. The award levels have changed from Gold, Silver, Bronze to Good, Very Good, and Excellent; so we're looking to acheive a 'Very Good' accreditation this year and an 'Excellent' by 2020.

The other major change to the awards in 2017 is that they move away from being so connected to the operational running of the students' union and are more about student-led campaigns. We are required to run one major campaign in this academic year, which has a positive environmental impact at Brookes.

This year our major campaign aims to reduce waste from single-use coffee cups on campus. You can read a blog from our Environmental Officer, Oli Barnes, explaining more about the campaign here. 

 

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