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Sustainability

Many students within the University of Sussex are concerned about ethical and environmental issues; whether it be decolonisation, energy usage, biodiversity, or fair labour conditions in their supply chain.

Do you have an idea for planning, running and leading a project, initiative or campaign on environmental sustainability? Or maybe you would just like to be involved? The Students’ Union are always keen to hear from students so that we can support you to drive positive change.

Join with like-minded students on Facebook in the "green community on campus".

Go Green Week is a week dedicated to events centered around sustainability in February. We have previously had cycle-powered karoke, paperless bingo, eco-crafternoon, clothes swaps and more! Funding and support is available for you to put on events, fundraiers, get guest speakers in and more. Get in touch with events@sussexstudent.com for more information.

Green Impact

Each year we take part in the NUS Green Impact scheme in order to help monitor and reduce our negative and increase our positive environmental impact. The Green Impact ‘workbook’ provides Students’ Union’s with a set of criteria to work towards. It helps us to ensure our operations are maintained and improved, environmental sustainability is embedded in the Union’s ethos and helps to engage and bring together students and staff to collaborate on bringing about a sustainable future. For 2017/2018, we once again achieved the highest accrediation of 'Excellent' in the scheme.

Student-led campaigns

Current student-led campaigns fighting for a more sustainable planet, and a more sustainable society for all:

Sweatshop Free Sussex - campaigning to get the University to sign up to Electronics Watch & ensure responsible labour conditions in their electronics supply chain.
Ecosia on Campus - campaigning nationwide to persuade Universities to use Ecosia as their default search engines & plant trees with every search.
Decolonise Sussex - campaigning to decolonsie the curriculum and fight for a University that recognizes all knowledge as equally valid, and empower students to be leaders in driving change.
Access Sussex - Campaigning to enable all students to access the University of Sussex campus by ensuring that students with disabilities (visible or invisible) do not face discrimination and raising awareness amongst all students and staff about disabilities and the issues and access requirements students face in their everyday life at Sussex.

Some environmental intiatives, projects and campaigns by the Students' Union 

  • Our bars have banned plastic straws, recycle where possible, re-claimed furniture and have reduced plate food wasteage since the introdcution of the 'build-your-own' menu

  • We have implemented a 30p charge for single-use coffee cups, to encourage people to bring in a reusable mug. We stock ecoffee bamboo mugs in the Union Shop

  • We have increased our range of plastic-free items in the Union Shop, such as shampoo bars, "Aquapax" water in cartons, bamboo toothbrushes and plastic-free tampons and sanitary towels

  • None of our outlets sell Nestle or Coca-Cola products due to student referenda 

  • There is a great selection of sustainability and community action focused groups to get involved with, visit our clubs and societies page

  • Our outlets have increased vegetarian and vegan options

  • We have water fountains and coolers around Falmer House to reduce the use of plastic bottles

  • All new staff at the Students' Union recieve an environmental induction

  • We have a no plastic bag policy at Freshers Fair and provide large recycling bins 

  • Our Events team consider their environmental impact when planning events and we encourage students to do the same

  • Students groups and staff can hire out items such as whiteboards, cups and a projector to avoid using disposable items