The Students’ Union has been classed as ‘Excellent’, the highest possible, by the National Union of Students’ Green Impact scheme.
Held annually, the NUS Green Impact scheme monitors and reviews ethical and environmental practices to reduce students’ unions’ environmental impacts.
Out of the 81 unions that took part, only seven scored ‘excellent’.
Aisling Murray, Society and Citizenship Officer, said: ”Ethical, environmental and sustainable action and awareness is an integral part of our ethos here at Sussex and I am over the moon that our Students’ Union has once again shown itself to be a leading example of Green Impact.
“This is thanks to all of the hard work of our students as well as staff and Sarah Gibbons, our previous Society and Citizenship Officer, who all worked hard to continue and expand the green initiatives that we pride ourselves on.
The Union was awarded the ‘Excellent’ ranking for its variety of sustainability-focused events and activities, including Go Green Week, the Freshers’ Free Shop and the Food Waste Cafe, as well as hosting the World Student Environmental Network (WSEN) Summit last year and the environment leaf of the Sussex Leaf Scheme for societies, cooperatives and sports clubs.
Aisling added: “Students are integral to ensuring a just and sustainable future and at Sussex they have organised and run some exciting projects and events, which have contributed to this award, so congratulations and thank you!”
“We have demonstrated how powerful collective action can be and I would encourage all students to get involved in making our campus and community as green as can be in the upcoming year!”
Some of the other things which the Students’ Union has done this year include:
The Students’ Union bars no longer give out plastic straws
In Falmer Bar salt & pepper sachets have been replaced with pots
Reduced our energy and water use in Falmer House
Reclaimed furniture from Imperial College for our Sports Bar and from the Mantell building for Falmer House
Reduced food wastage in the Students’ Union bars
Reviewed and renewed our Ethical & Environmental Policy
Research was carried out with students on the Students’ Union’s sustainability work
If you are interested in getting involved or have any suggestions, contact the Environmental Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org.