Get Green engaged over 8,000 students

The Students' Union's Get Green Project inspired thousands of students to change their habits for good.

Get Green empowered students with both knowledge and the tools to act on it, nurturing their ideas and creating channels for them to share best practice with their peers.

Over 8,000 students took part in campaigning activities during 2015, fostering a community of normalised sustainable behaviour. Campaigns included Student Switch Off, which significantly reduced energy usage and boosted recycling rates in halls.

Students were also empowered to change how and what they learn in their formal and informal curriculum, through our comprehensive Education for Sustainable Development strategy.

Get Green focused on four key themes:

  • Learn: an online energy dashboard compared usage across halls of residence, motivating students to reduce their energy use by awakening their competitive streak and highlighting waste.
  • Act: sports clubs and student societies introduced more sustainable practices to earn Kite Mark accreditation.
  • Engage: monthly Engage Cafes attracted crowds of people eager to learn about everything from climate change to Fair Trade, with experts providing tips on behaviour change.
  • Create: students received up to £500 from the Create Fund for innovative volunteering ideas, including ethical food workshops, community gardening teams and upcycling fundraising fairs.
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