Sustainability, RAG and Volunteering Community
This community is for anyone interested in the environment and positive social change; we will offer fundraising, long term or one off volunteering and a range of sustainable projects to get involved it. We will also lead campaigns and socials. We’re in a climate crisis and the Sustainability, RAG and Volunteering Community aims be a positive impact on UCA’s four local areas.
You can find out more about the SU sustainability efforts, projects and policies here
“Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”
Bruntland Report for the World Commission on Environment and Development (1992)
And at UCASU and the Community we strive to do just that! The Union are one of only sixty-five institutions to take part in the NUS Green Impact, a national accreditation which recognises sustainability commitment. We are proud to have scored ‘Excellent’ this year!
Through our work we hope to make a positive impact on campus and your opportunities at UCA. Sustainability is a wide-reaching subject so topics and workshops can include areas such as social justice campaigns, recycling, healthy eating, travel and waste.
Top 10 Tips for Being a Sustainable Fresher!
Print only when necessary – When you have to print consider using one of the recycled paper printers in the library!
Cut Down On Plastic – You can refill your bottle at water fountains on campus. The UK also has good enough tap water to drink without filtering. Consider replacing some every day plastic items like toothbrushes, kitchen sponges and cling film for bamboo/eco alternatives!
Recycle, Reuse and Reduce – When getting rid of your waste, check for the recyclable sign and make sure you wash out any tins or cartons before recycling them. Shop at charity shops, mend your clothing and donate unwanted clothing items.
Dietary Changes – Plant-based diets have a lower environmental impact, even substituting a couple of meals to plant-based a week can help!
Layer Up – Wearing more jumpers, socks and slippers around the house, and putting an extra blanket on the bed means you won’t be tempted to turn the heating up.
Cook with Friends – If you’re going to use the oven, bake a few meals at a time to get the most out of having your oven on. If you are in a shared house then all cook together in the evenings.
Turn off your lights – During the day you can just open blinds and curtains to fill rooms with natural light instead of wasting money on lighting!
Get Active – walking or cycling from A to B is much better for the environment than taking the car. Little changes like carpooling or taking the bus for long journeys can really help reduce your carbon footprint.
Wash a big load! – save money on bills by filling up your washing machine. If its warm or windy why not air dry your clothes if you can. They will smell great too!
Get Involved – Look for local litter picking sessions or tree-planting in your local community. Alternatively you can get involved in the Sustainability Community and local community work!
Want to help out?